What a Wonderful World

Louis Armstrong

About What a Wonderful World

"What a Wonderful World" is a jazz song written by Bob Thiele (as "George Douglas") and George David Weiss. It was first recorded by Louis Armstrong and released in 1967 as a single, which topped the pop charts in the United Kingdom. Armstrong's recording was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. The publishing for this song is controlled by Memory Lane Music Group, Carlin Music Corp. and BMG Rights Management.


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I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
They're really saying I love you

I hear babies crying, I watch them grow
They'll learn much more than I'll never know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world

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Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana. more »

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Written by: Bob Thiele, George Douglas, George Weiss

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, Tratore, Round Hill Music Big Loud Songs

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10 facts about this song

Song Origins
"What a Wonderful World" was first released by Louis Armstrong in 1967. The song was written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss.
Chart Success
Despite being one of Armstrong's most popular songs, it initially did not do well in the U.S., reaching only No. 116 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Chart. However, it reached no. 1 on the UK Singles Chart.
Aerosmith Connection
Steven Tyler of Aerosmith mentioned in his autobiography that when he auditioned for his band, he sang "What a Wonderful World," surprising his bandmates.
The song was written during the Civil Rights movement in the United States as an optimistic antidote to the struggles and difficulties being faced at the time.
Movie Features
The song has been used in numerous films, including "Good Morning, Vietnam," "Meet Joe Black," and "Finding Dory," amongst others.
Cover Versions
Many other performers around the world have covered the song, including Anne Murray, Eva Cassidy, and Israel Kamakawiwo'ole with his version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World."
Real-life Impact
It was a favorite song of scientist Carl Sagan, who mentioned it in his book Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space.
Armstrong's Health
Louis Armstrong recorded the song shortly after a heart attack. He was so ill at the time, he had to sing leaning on a stool.
Last Recording
Armstrong's 1971 recording of "What a Wonderful World" was the last song he performed in public, shortly before his demise.
New Appreciation
The song gained a new lease of life in the US after its use in the film "Good Morning, Vietnam," and it peaked at no. 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in 1988, twenty years after its first release.

Discuss the What a Wonderful World Lyrics with the community:

  • charliem.26020
    Typo in last verse: . . . than I'll ever know.
    LikeReply 11 year ago
  • cupcacke6064-4
    Wow this is the most buttifull song in the world
    LikeReply 23 years ago
  • cupcacke6064-4
    I love this song
    LikeReply 23 years ago


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