August 10: Happy Birthday, Snoopy!

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Snoopy-Happy DanceEveryone’s favorite Beagle is celebrating his birthday today and the occasion reminds us how much the Peanuts Gang has been part of our everyday lives. As kids we enjoyed reading Charles M. Schulz’s four-panel strip in the daily newspaper and the Fawcett paperback books, seeing the 1967 off-Broadway musical You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and listening to several singles from The Royal Guardsmen like the 1966 #2 hit “Snoopy vs The Red Baron” on our transistor radios.

And to this day we never, ever miss watching the animated TV specials A Charlie Brown Christmas (which celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2015), It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.

But today is about the birthday Beagle Snoopy, who, though he never actually speaks, offers more humor, personality and wisdom via his laughter, thought bubbles and gestures than almost anyone we know, human or four-legged. His multiple personae — whether he’s Joe Cool in his shades or snoozing on top of his doghouse or doing his signature “happy dance” — convey emotions we can all relate to.

Watch the Royal Guardsmen perform their big hit

Related: Watch the Peanuts Gang perform Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb”

The Charles M. Schulz Museum posted this on August 10, 2016, to commemorate Snoopy’s birthday

Snoopy has more than 13 million followers of his Facebook page!

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  1. RedRoc
    #1 RedRoc 11 August, 2023, 09:31

    Birthday greetings to Snoopy and no Happy Birthday for John Kale! co-founder and former bassist of The Guess Who!?

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  2. 122intheshade
    #2 122intheshade 11 August, 2023, 23:16

    You mean JIM Kale. Everyone knows the Guess Who’s RCA output, but those first three LPs on Quality Records are garage band classics. They did “Hurting Each Other” years before the Carpenters. Covered a Neil Young tune. And did a hilarious version of “Wild One”, later resurrected by Iggy Pop as “Real Wild Child”, most popularly heard on “Blah Blah Blah” and in Crocodile Dundee II.

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