'Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron:' The Peanuts Song Charles Schulz Never Asked For

By Rebeka Knott

"Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron" was a novelty hit for The Royal Guardsmen in 1966. Its Peanuts theme was obvious. In a recurring storyline in the newspaper comic, Charlie Brown's dog Snoopy fantasizes about being a World War I pilot, fighting aerial battles against the German flying ace called the Red Baron. "Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron" ascended to the #2 spot on the pop chart, which was surely great publicity for Charles Schulz's comic strip. Well, there was one problem -- the Royal Guardsmen wrote, recorded, and released "Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron" without Schulz's knowledge or consent.