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Pop Rewind: Vince Gauraldi Trio “Christmas Time Is Here”

Let’s face it: it doesn’t quite feel like Christmas in our culture without watching A Charlie Brown Christmas at least once during the holidays. And it wouldn’t be A Charlie Brown Christmas without the Vince Gauraldi Trio providing that awesome jazz soundtrack. The show opens with “Christmas Time Is Here,” but the entire soundtrack album (first released in 1965) has become one of the best-loved Christmas albums of all time, going triple-platinum, and being re-released multiple times. In fact, the album has made the Top Ten in holiday album sales six different times, including again in 2011.

The children’s choir singing “Christmas Time Is Here” is obviously not part of the trio; the choir at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in San Rafael, CA provided these vocals.

Below the vocal version, I’ve also included the extended instrumental version, just to keep you in the holiday mood. Enjoy!


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Tim Ferrar's interest in pop and rock started as a child, listening to Top-40 radio for hours on end while playing air guitar in his bedroom. Eventually air guitar led to electric guitar, and Tim began playing in bands and writing his own songs. With an admitted weakness for "a great hook or a great guitar riff," Tim's musical tastes are broad and varied, ranging from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga on the pop side to Bon Jovi and Foo Fighters on the rock side- making him the ideal guy to cover our Rock and Pop categories. By day, Tim is a mild-mannered accountant in Chicago. By night, he rocks out on electric guitar in a cover band in various clubs around town- much to the surprise of some of his clients.

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