Louis Armstrong: What a Wonderful World


What a Wonderful World


Louis Armstrong (vocals)


What a Wonderful World (Verve GRP 656)

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Louis Armstrong (vocals),

accompanied by orchestra and chorus arranged and conducted by Tommy Goodman


Composed by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss


Recorded: New York, August 16, 1967


Rating: 97/100 (learn more)

Louis Armstrong, photo by Herb Snitzer

Aside from Satchmo singing throughout, this track has nothing to do with jazz. But that's like saying, "Aside from the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor has no towering monuments." The single exception is a tad conspicuous. And certainly jazz has no monument more towering than Louis Armstrong. Here he transforms a platitudinous ditty that, done by any other singer, would make us cringe, and instead makes us rapturous. What other voice so embodied dignity, heartache, humor, compassion and downright love of life? By the mid-'60s, Louis Armstrong was the world's most endearing and uplifting American. This song shows why.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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  • 1 zaryn // May 26, 2009 at 11:14 PM
    louis armstrong awsome and cool