American jazz pianist and musician who is known best for composing music for the animated version of the Peanuts comic strip.
He went to San Francisco State University and served in the Army as a cook in the Korean War.
He won a Grammy Award in the Best Original Jazz Composition category for the song "Cast your Fate to the Wind".
He changed his last name to Guaraldi after his mother Carmella divorced his biological father and married his stepfather, Tony Guaraldi.
He composed music for Charles Schulz's cartoon Peanuts.