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The Royal Guardsmen – The Artist
The Royal Guardsmen are an American pop rock band, best known for their 1966 hit singles “Snoopy vs. the Red Baron”, “The Return of The Red Baron”, “Snoopy For President”, and the Christmas follow up “Snoopy’s Christmas”. Originally known as the Posmen, the Ocala, Florida-based sextet adopted their anglophile moniker during the British Invasion, led by The Beatles and other British artists. The group was originally composed of Bill Balough (bass), John Burdett (drums), Chris Nunley (vocals), Tom Richards (guitar), Billy Taylor (organ), and Barry Winslow (vocals/guitar). The band was managed by Leonard Stogel and Associates. Snoopy, the Red Baron, and aircraft became recurring themes in their music, though they did have some chart singles on other topics, including “Any Wednesday”, “I Say Love”, and the Top 40 hit “Baby Let’s Wait”, a re-release of their first single. The original group split in 1969, but a band with some replacement players continued for another year.
Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron – The Song
Snoopy vs. the Red Baron is a novelty song written by Phil Gernhard and Dick Holler and recorded in 1966 by the Florida-based pop group The Royal Guardsmen. “Snoopy vs. the Red Baron” was inspired by the comic strip Peanuts by Charles Schulz, which featured a recurring storyline of Snoopy imagining himself in the role of a World War I airman fighting the Red Baron. The song was released approximately one year after the first comic strip featuring Snoopy fighting the Red Baron appeared on Sunday October 10, 1965.
Snoopy – The Shape
Snoopy the loveable beagle dog is one of the characters from the strip cartoon Peanuts. Peanuts is a syndicated daily and Sunday American comic strip written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz that ran from1950, to 2000, continuing in reruns afterward. Peanuts is among the most popular and influential in the history of comic strips, with 17,897 strips published in all, making it “arguably the longest story ever told by one human being”. At its peak in the mid- to late 1960s, Peanuts ran in over 2,600 newspapers, with a readership of around 355 million in 75 countries, and was translated into 21 languages. It helped to cement the four-panel gag strip as the standard in the United States, and together with its merchandise earned Schulz more than $1 billion. The Peanuts franchise also had success in theatre and the big screen, with the stage musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and computer-animated feature film The Peanuts Movie.
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