Title - 'A Boy Named Charlie Brown'
Artist - Rod McKuen
For those not familiar with Rod McKuen, a man who only just passed this January aged 82, was an American singer-songwriter, musician and poet. In fact, he was one of the best-selling poets in the United States during the late 1960s. Throughout his career, McKuen produced a wide range of recordings, which included popular music, spoken word poetry, film soundtracks and classical music. This propelled him to earn two (2) Academy Award nominations and one (1) Pulitzer nomination for his music compositions.
The Oscar nominated original song score soundtrack to the Peanuts film A Boy Named Charlie Brown has now been re-released on Varese Sarabande. The album also includes the Oscar nominated song 'Jean' from the Maggie Smith film 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.' Now on CD for the very first time, A Boy Named Charlie Brown is one of McKuen's finest works, that's for sure.
1. Champion Charlie Brown (Vocal) (2:26)
2. Something For Snoopy (Instrumental) (1:41)
3. A Boy Named Charlie Brown (Vocal) (2:39)
4. Failure Face (Instrumental) (2:05)
5. Natalie (Vocal) (2:36)
6. I'll Catch The Sun (Instrumental) (1:34)
7. Failure Face (Vocal) (2:03)
8. We (Vocal) (3:16)
9. Jean (Main Theme From Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie) (Instrumental) (2:04)
10. Bend Down And Touch Me (Vocal) (2:28)
11. Joanna (Medley) (Instrumental) (5:45)
12. Champion Charlie Brown (Vocal) (2:16)
'A Boy Named Charlie Brown' was first brought to our screens back in 1969 and span a few stories together that, from the off, seemed impossible to do (especially given that kids were the main source of audience). It centered, of course, around poor, poor ol' Charlie Brown. He can't fly a kite, and he always loses in baseball. Having his faults projected onto a screen by Lucy doesn't help him much either.
Against the sage advice and taunting of the girls in his class, he volunteers for the class spelling bee ... and wins! Next, it's the school spelling bee. Once again, a winner! Good grief! Now the pressure is on as he is off to New York City for the televised national spelling bee.
With Snoopy and Linus present for moral support, can Charlie Brown spell his way to a national championship?