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

By | December 26, 2017

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"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.

Who Were These Guardsmen And Were They Even Royal?

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Royal Guardsmen, portrait, United States, circa 1966. (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)

Hailing from Ocala, Florida, the original group consisted of Bill Balough on bass, John Burdett on drums, Chris Nunley on vocals, Tom Richards on Guitar, Billy Taylor on the organ and Barry Winslow on guitar and vocals. Early on, they called themselves the Posmen.