What A Wonderful World

What A Wonderful World

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Mt. dulcimer arrangement of Louis Armstrong’s signature song.

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“What A Wonderful World” was written by George Weiss and Bob Thiele in 1967 as a response to the politically and racially charged climate pervasive in the U.S. at that time.  Jazz trumpet master Louis Armstrong, 66 years old at the time, recorded a very poignant, gravelly-voiced version of it that has become a classic.  He expressed his ebullient optimism and unshakable faith in the future, despite some seemingly hopeless conditions of the times.   The song enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in 1988, 17 years after Armstrong’s death, when it was featured in the motion picture “Good Morning, Vietnam”.   Since then it has been recorded by such disparate artists as Tony Bennett, Willie Nelson, Roy Clark, Diana Ross, Eva Cassidy, and Frankie Valli.   Hawaiian ukulele legend Israel Kamakawiwo’ole released his unique version of it in 1993.