Available for the First Time Ever

Vince Guaraldi’s

Complete Soundtrack for the 1969 Animated Classic

It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown

Limited Release in Celebration of the

Special's 55th Anniversary


The Entire Soundtrack Plus Never-Before-Heard Bonus Tracks Not Used in the Peanuts® Animated Special


Due to the Success of the April 20th, 2024 Record Store Day Exclusive Camp Green Vinyl (12", 45 RPM) Release

Now in More Formats


Charted #5 on Billboard’s “Kids Albums” in its First Week and Charted in the UK (Official Charts) for Both “Soundtracks” and

“Jazz & Blues”


Available Friday in Limited Release on 12”, 45 RPM Black Vinyl, and for the First Time Ever on CD, and Digitally

Pre-Orders available now


Also, on Summer Night Blue Vinyl Variant (12”, 45 RPM) Exclusively from Record Story Day Indie Exclusive: HERE

Included in Billboard's Record Store Day 2024:

10 Exclusives Worth Digging For


"The soundtrack to It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown proves another great addition to this year’s field of new soundtracks and hopefully not the last Peanuts soundtrack to come from Lee Mendelson Film Productions."

— Phil's Picks


"Happiness is not just a warm puppy — it’s also the music from It Was a Short, Summer, Charlie Brown, from the rolling title tune to the Latin boogie-woogie 'Linus and Lucy.'" — The Times (UK), 4.5 stars


“This entire score is can’t-be-played-often-enough ear candy. It’s as fresh and vibrant today — and as swinging — as when it was laid down 55 years ago: yet another captivating display of Guaraldi’s compositional genius and keyboard wizardry. Summer never sounded so sweet.”

— From the liner notes by Derrick Bang, Author, Vince Guaraldi at the Piano

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Lee Mendelson Film Productions (LMFP) is thrilled to announce the release of - for the first time ever – the complete Vince Guaraldi soundtrack for It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown, the timeless 6th animated Peanuts® special, from writer and creator Charles Schulz, director Bill Melendez and producers Melendez and Lee Mendelson. Originally airing on September 27, 1969 on CBS-TV, the special is currently available for streaming on Apple TV+.


The album includes the original recordings that comprise the song cues of the special, plus another six bonus or alternative tracks that have never been released or heard before.


Guaraldi lovingly created the soundtrack for the summer camp adventure where Charlie Brown and his gang face off against the girls’ camp led by Peppermint Patty. The large jazz combo performances on the album include the best rendition of the Guaraldi classic, “Love Will Come (Nova Bossa),” as well as the first use of an additional percussionist, Victor Feldman.


The recording features Guaraldi (piano), Monty Budwig (double bass), Jack Sperling (drums), Conti and Pete Candoli (trumpet), Frank Rosolino (trombone), Victor Feldman (percussion), Herb Ellis (guitar), Willian Hood and Peter Christlieb (woodwind), and John Scott Trotter as the orchestra leader. The soundtrack was produced by Sean Mendelson and Jason Mendelson and restored and re-mastered by Vinson Hudson.


The album will be available July 5, 2024 including an exclusive variant in Summer Night Blue 45 RPM LP from Record Store Day Indie Exclusive, available at participating stores and for pre-order here


A 12” 45 RPM LP in black, a CD of all 31 tracks, and a complete digital release will also be available. 


The physical copies will have liner notes that give a track-by-track analysis by Derrick Bang and notes from Sean Mendelson and Jason Mendelson, sons of Peanuts® producer Lee Mendelson and co-producers of the record. The LP liner notes are 4 pages, and the CD liner notes are 8 pages. The release includes images from the special and from the original tape boxes recently re-discovered that led to this release.


Find participating stores and more information about pre-orders here or pre-order from MVDSHOP here.


Album producers Jason and Sean Mendelson sat down for a long-form interview with Heath Holland from Cereal at Midnight for a YouTube interview about the wide release of the soundtrack album for "It was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown"


For an extended version of the press release and more information, including the track list, click here.

About Peanuts:

The characters of Peanuts and related intellectual property are owned by Peanuts Worldwide, which is 41% owned by WildBrain Ltd., 39% owned by Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., and 20% owned by the family of Charles M. Schulz, who first introduced the world to Peanuts in 1950, when the comic strip debuted in seven newspapers. Since then, Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang have made an indelible mark on popular culture. In addition to enjoying beloved Peanuts shows and specials on Apple TV+, fans of all ages celebrate the Peanuts brand worldwide through thousands of consumer products, as well as amusement park attractions, cultural events, social media, and comic strips available in all formats, from traditional to digital. In 2018, Peanuts partnered with NASA on a multi-year Space Act Agreement designed to inspire a passion for space exploration and STEM among the next generation of students.


About Lee Mendelson Film Productions, Inc.:

Lee Mendelson Film Productions (LMFP) is the Publisher of the Vince Guaraldi musical catalog associated with Peanuts. LMFP is also the producer of the classic Peanuts television specials, including A Charlie Brown Christmas, It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, along with the Hollywood animation studio Bill Melendez Productions. LMFP also produced over 50 other network Peanuts specials, 12 prime time Garfield specials, 121-program series “Garfield and Friends” and many other film and television animated, documentary and entertainment programs. Founded by the late Lee Mendelson in 1963, Lee Mendelson Film Productions, Inc., has received 11 Emmy Awards (from 45 nominations) and four Peabody Awards, as well as producing projects that have received Grammy and Academy Award nominations.

Vince Guaraldi · It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown

Lee Mendelson Film Productions · Vinyl, CD and Digital Release Date: July 5, 2024.

Pre-Orders Begin May 1, 2024.

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