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|"What a Wonderful World"|
|Single by Louis Armstrong|
|from the album What a Wonderful World|
|Label||ABC 10982, HMV|
|Songwriter(s)|| Bob Thiele (as George Douglas)|
George David Weiss
|Louis Armstrong singles chronology|
"What a Wonderful World" is a pop ballad 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.Thiele and Weiss were both prominent in the music world (Thiele as a producer and Weiss as a composer/performer). 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.
Bob Thiele was an American record producer who worked on numerous classic jazz albums and record labels.
George David Weiss was an American songwriter and arranger, who had been a president of the Songwriters Guild of America.
Louis Daniel Armstrong, nicknamed Satchmo, Satch, and Pops, was an American trumpeter, composer, vocalist and occasional actor who was one of the most influential figures in jazz. His career spanned five decades, from the 1920s to the 1960s, and different eras in the history of jazz. In 2017, he was inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame.
One source claims the song was first offered to Tony Bennett, who turned it down,although Louis Armstrong biographer Ricky Riccardi disputes this claim. George Weiss recounts in the book Off the Record: Songwriters on Songwriting by Graham Nash that he wrote the song specifically for Louis Armstrong. Weiss was inspired by Armstrong's ability to bring people of different races together.
Anthony Dominick Benedetto, known professionally as Tony Bennett, is an American singer of traditional pop standards, big band, show tunes, and jazz. He is also a painter, having created works under the name Anthony Benedetto that are on permanent public display in several institutions. He is the founder of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens, New York.
Graham William Nash is an English singer-songwriter and musician. Nash is known for his light tenor voice and for his songwriting contributions as a member of the English pop/rock group the Hollies and the folk-rock supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash. Nash became an American citizen on 14 August 1978 and holds dual citizenship of the United Kingdom and the United States.
Because he was gigging at the Tropicana Hotel, Armstrong recorded the song in Las Vegas at Bill Porter’s United Recording studio. The session was scheduled to follow Armstrong's midnight show, and by 2 am the musicians were settled and tape was rolling. Arranger Artie Butler was there with songwriters Weiss and Theile, and Armstrong was in the studio singing with the orchestra. Armstrong had recently signed to ABC Records, and ABC president Larry Newton showed up to photograph Armstrong. Newton wanted a swingey pop song like "Hello, Dolly!", a big hit for Armstrong when he was with Kapp Records, so when Newton heard the slow pace of "What a Wonderful World", he tried to stop the session. Newton was locked out of the studio for his disruption, but a second problem arose: nearby freight train whistles interrupted the session twice, forcing the recording to start over. Armstrong shook his head and laughed off the distractions, keeping his composure. The session ended around 6 am, going longer than expected. To make sure the orchestra members were paid extra for their overtime, Armstrong accepted only $250 musicians union scale for his work.
The Tropicana Las Vegas is a hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. It is owned and operated by Penn National Gaming and is a franchise of Hilton's DoubleTree chain. It offers 1,467 rooms, a 50,000-square-foot (4,600 m2) gaming floor, and 72,000 sq ft (6,700 m2) of convention and exhibit space.
Bill Porter was an American audio engineer who helped shape the Nashville sound and recorded stars such as Chet Atkins, Louis Armstrong, the Everly Brothers, Elvis Presley, Gladys Knight, Barbara Streisand, Diana Ross, Skeeter Davis, Ike & Tina Turner, Sammy Davis Jr., and Roy Orbison from the late 1950s through the 1980s. In one week of 1960, his recordings accounted for 15 of Billboard magazine's "Top 100," a feat none have matched. Porter's engineering career covered over 7,000 recording sessions, and yielded 300 chart records, 49 Top 10, 11 Number Ones, and 37 gold records.
Arthur Butler is an American popular music arranger, songwriter, and pianist. In a long career, he has been involved in numerous hit records and other recordings, and has been awarded over 60 gold and platinum albums.
The song was not initially a hit in the United States, where it sold fewer than 1,000 copies because Newton did not like or promote it,but was a major success in the United Kingdom, reaching number one on the UK Singles Chart. In the United States, the song hit No. 16 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Chart. It was also the biggest-selling single of 1968 in the UK where it was among the last pop singles issued by HMV Records before becoming an exclusive classical music label. The song made Armstrong the oldest male to top the UK Singles Chart. Armstrong's record was broken in 2009 when a remake of "Islands in the Stream" recorded for Comic Relief—which included the 68-year-old Tom Jones—reached number one in that chart. Tony Bennett did go on to record "What A Wonderful World" several times, as in 2003 with k.d. lang, paying homage to Bennett's friend, Armstrong.
The UK Singles Chart is compiled by the Official Charts Company (OCC), on behalf of the British record industry, listing the top-selling singles in the United Kingdom, based upon physical sales, paid-for downloads and streaming. The Official Chart, broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and MTV, is the UK music industry's recognised official measure of singles and albums popularity because it is the most comprehensive research panel of its kind, today surveying over 15,000 retailers and digital services daily, capturing 99.9% of all singles consumed in Britain across the week, and over 98% of albums. To be eligible for the chart, a single is currently defined by the Official Charts Company (OCC) as either a 'single bundle' having no more than four tracks and not lasting longer than 25 minutes or one digital audio track not longer than 15 minutes with a minimum sale price of 40 pence. The rules have changed many times as technology has developed, the most notable being the inclusion of digital downloads in 2005 and streaming in July 2014.
Billboard is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries. It publishes pieces involving news, video, opinion, reviews, events, and style, and is also known for its music charts, including the Hot 100 and Billboard 200, tracking the most popular songs and albums in different genres. It also hosts events, owns a publishing firm, and operates several TV shows.
Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles is a chart published weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States. The chart lists the top songs that have not yet charted on the main Billboard Hot 100. Chart rankings are based on radio airplay, sales and streams. In its initial years, the chart listed 15 positions, but expanded to as many as 36 during the 1960s, particularly during years when over 700 singles made the Billboard Hot 100 chart. From 1974 to 1985, the chart consisted of 10 positions; since 1992, the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart has listed 25 positions.
ABC Records' European distributor EMI forced ABC to issue a What a Wonderful World album in 1968 (catalogue number ABCS-650). It did not chart in the United States, due to ABC not promoting it,but charted in the UK where it was issued by Stateside Records with catalogue number SSL 10247 and peaked on the British chart at No. 37.
EMI Records Limited was a British record label founded by the music company of the same name in 1972 as its flagship label, and launched in January 1973 as the successor to its Columbia and Parlophone record labels. The label was later launched worldwide. It has a branch in India called "EMI Records India", run by director Mohit Suri.
Stateside ($tateside) Records is a British record label, owned by Warner Music Group and operates through its Parlophone and Warner Bros. Records imprints. Upon creation, it initially released licensed American recordings and is now a reissue label.
The song gradually became something of a standard and reached a new level of popularity. In 1978, it was featured in the closing scenes of BBC radio's, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy , and was repeated for BBC's 1981 TV adaptation of the series. In 1988, Armstrong's recording appeared in the film Good Morning, Vietnam (despite the film being set in 1965 – two years before it was recorded) and was re-released as a single, hitting No. 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in February 1988. The single charted at number one for the fortnight ending June 27, 1988 on the Australian chart. It is also the closing song for the 1995 movie 12 Monkeys .
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a comedy science fiction series created by Douglas Adams. Originally a radio comedy broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978, it was later adapted to other formats, including stage shows, novels, comic books, a 1981 TV series, a 1984 video game, and 2005 feature film.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a BBC television adaptation of Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy which was broadcast in January and February 1981 on UK television station BBC Two. The adaptation follows the original radio series in 1978 and 1980, the first novel and double LP, in 1979, and the stage shows, in 1979 and 1980, making it the fifth iteration of the guide.
Good Morning, Vietnam is a 1987 American comedy-drama war film written by Mitch Markowitz and directed by Barry Levinson. Set in Saigon in 1965, during the Vietnam War, the film stars Robin Williams as a radio DJ on Armed Forces Radio Service, who proves hugely popular with the troops, but infuriates his superiors with what they call his "irreverent tendency". The story is loosely based on the experiences of AFRS radio DJ Adrian Cronauer.
In 2001, rappers Ghostface Killah, Raekwon and The Alchemist released "The Forest," a song that begins with three lines of lyric adapted from "What a Wonderful World", altered to become "an invitation to get high" on marijuana.The rappers and their record company, Sony Music Entertainment, were sued by the owners of "What a Wonderful World," Abilene Music. The suit was thrown out of court after Judge Gerard E. Lynch determined that the altered lyric was a parody, transforming the uplifting original message to a new one with a darker nature.
By April 2014, Louis Armstrong's 1967 recording had sold 2,173,000 downloads in the United States after it was released digitally.
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||1|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||6|
|Germany (Official German Charts)||6|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||15|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||7|
|UK Singles Chart||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||116|
|U.S. Adult Contemporary (Billboard)||12|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||7|
|Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)||1|
|Canada (RPM Magazine)||13|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||5|
|U.S. Adult Contemporary (Billboard)||7|
|U.S. (Radio & Records)||37|
|U.S. (Rock on the Net – ARC Weekly Top 40)||28|
|Denmark (IFPI Denmark)||Gold||45,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Gold||400,000|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
|"What a Wonderful World"|
|Single by Eva Cassidy and Katie Melua|
|from the album The Katie Melua Collection|
|B-side||"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (Katie Melua)|
|Released||December 3, 2007|
|Eva Cassidy singles chronology|
|Katie Melua singles chronology|
In 2007, Georgian-British singer-songwriter Katie Melua recorded a version of the song with American singer and guitarist Eva Cassidy, who had died in 1996. Recorded by Melua singing over the original Cassidy track, the duet was released in late 2007 as a charity single for the British Red Cross.Melua, who considers Cassidy one of her musical idols, had previously sung with Cassidy in this manner on Christmas Eve 2006, when she performed "Over the Rainbow" on the BBC One television program Duets Impossible with a videotape of Cassidy singing the song.
Upon release, the single debuted at number 45 on the Scottish Singles Chart on the week of December 9, 2007.The next week, the song rose 44 positions to number one while also debuting at number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming both Cassidy's and Melua's first number-one single in the United Kingdom. However, the song quickly dropped off the UK chart after peaking, spending only five weeks in the UK top 100. In Scotland, the song stayed in the top 100 for 11 weeks. The cover was also successful in Poland, reaching number five on the LP3 chart in February 2008. In November the same year, it peaked at number 19 in Sweden and became a minor hit in Walloon Belgium.
When the song reached number one in the UK, Melua thanked everyone who bought the single, saying, "Thank you to everyone who has shown such festive goodwill."The duet was later included on her 2008 compilation album The Katie Melua Collection .
|Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)||24|
|Scotland (Official Charts Company)||1|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||1|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||58|
|Pokémon Detective Pikachu (teaser trailer only)||Louis Armstrong||2019||1|
|Arjun Reddy||Louis Armstrong||2017|
|Geostorm (teaser trailer only)||Sharon Van Etten & Juggernaut Kid||2017|
|Range 15||Louis Armstrong||2016||1|
|Finding Dory||Louis Armstrong||2016||1|
|Un gallo con muchos huevos||Louis Armstrong||2015||1|
|Mein Salzburg||Louis Armstrong||2015||1|
|Back to the Sea||Louis Armstrong||2012||1|
| Journey 2: The Mysterious Island |
(slightly different version of the song)
|New Year's Eve||Louis Armstrong||2011||1|
|Head Over Heels||Louis Armstrong||2010||1|
|Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay||Louis Armstrong||2008||1|
|Swing Girls||Louis Armstrong||2004||1|
|Freaky Friday||Joey Ramone||2003||1|
|Bowling for Columbine||Louis Armstrong |
Joey Ramone (end credits)
|Little Marines||Louis Armstrong||1991||1|
|Meet Joe Black||Louis Armstrong||1998||1|
|Wrestling with Alligators||Louis Armstrong||1998||1|
|12 Monkeys||Louis Armstrong||1995||1|
|The Kennedy Years (JFK Remembered)||Louis Armstrong||1993||1|
|Ciao, Professore!||Louis Armstrong||1992||1|
|Good Morning, Vietnam||Louis Armstrong||1987||1|
|Chicken Little (teaser trailer only)||Louis Armstrong||2005|
|The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (teaser trailer only)||Louis Armstrong||2005|
|The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel||Mid-way to Mid-Town||Louis Armstrong||2018|
|The OA||Champion||Sharon Van Etten & Juggernaut Kid||2016||1|
|MythBusters||The Reunion Special||Louis Armstrong||2016||1|
|Childhood's End||#1.1||Joseph William Morgan||2015|
|The Simpsons||Every Man's Dream||The Clarks||2015||1|
|Strictly Come Dancing||Week 9 Results||Louis Armstrong||2014||1|
|Inspector George Gently||The Lost Child||Louis Armstrong||2012||1|
|The Mentalist||Blinking Red Light||Louis Armstrong||2011||1|
|An Idiot Abroad||Karl Comes Home||Louis Armstrong||2010||1|
|So You Think You Can Dance (Canada)||Top 8 Perform||Louis Armstrong||2009||1|
|The Simpsons||The Good, the Sad and the Drugly||Louis Armstrong||2009||1|
|Supernatural||What Is And What Should Never Be||Joey Ramone||2007|
|20 to 1||Greatest Songs of All Time||Louis Armstrong||2006||1|
|Life on Mars||#1.6||Louis Armstrong||2006||1|
|House, MD||DNR||Louis Armstrong||2005||1|
|Hinter Gittern||Fahrte aufgenommen||Louis Armstrong||2004||1|
|Lust & Suhne||Louis Armstrong||2001||1|
|Hahn im Korb||Louis Armstrong||1999||1|
|Die Lugners||#1.9||Louis Armstrong||2003||1|
|Dawson's Creek||Hopeless||Louis Armstrong||2001||1|
|Gilmore Girls||Rory's Birthday Parties||Louis Armstrong||2000||1|
|The King of Queens||Head First||Louis Armstrong||1998||1|
|Cybill||Cybill Discovers the Meaning of Life||Louis Armstrong||1995||1|
|Florida Lady||Lauf dem Leben nicht davon||Louis Armstrong||1994||1|
|Twin Peaks||#2.7||Louis Armstrong||1990||1|
|The Green Man||Louis Armstrong||1990||1|
|Moonlighting||A Womb with a View||Louis Armstrong||1988||1|
|The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy||#1.6||Louis Armstrong||1981||1|
|The Muppet Show||Don Knotts (#2.1)||Rowlf (Jim Henson)||1977||2|
|Broad City||What a Wonderful World||Louis Armstrong||2014||1|
"Golden Brown" is a song by the English rock band the Stranglers. It was released as a 7" single in December 1981 in the United States and in January 1982 in the United Kingdom, on Liberty. It was the second single released from the band's sixth album La folie. It peaked at No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart, the band's highest ever placing in that chart.
Eva Marie Cassidy was an American singer and guitarist known for her interpretations of jazz and blues. In 1992, she released her first album, The Other Side, a set of duets with go-go musician Chuck Brown, followed by the 1996 live solo album titled Live at Blues Alley. Although she had been honored by the Washington Area Music Association, she was virtually unknown outside her native Washington, D.C.. She died of melanoma in 1996 at the age of 33.
"Over the Rainbow" is a ballad composed by Harold Arlen with lyrics by Yip Harburg. It was written for the movie The Wizard of Oz and was sung by actress Judy Garland in her starring role as Dorothy Gale. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and became Garland's signature song.
Kim Carnes is an American singer-songwriter. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, she began her career as a songwriter in the 1960s, writing for other artists while performing in local clubs and working as a session background singer with the famed Waters sisters. After she signed her first publishing deal with Jimmy Bowen, she released her debut album Rest on Me in 1972. Carnes' self-titled second album primarily contained self-penned songs, including her first charting single "You're a Part of Me", which reached No. 35 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart in 1975. In the following year, Carnes released Sailin', which featured "Love Comes from Unexpected Places". The song won the American Song Festival and the award for Best Composition at the Tokyo Song Festival in 1976.
Ketevan "Katie" Melua is a British-Georgian singer and songwriter. She moved to the United Kingdom at the age of eight – first to Belfast, and then to London in 1999. Melua is signed to the small Dramatico record label, under the management of composer Mike Batt, and made her musical debut in 2003. In 2006, she was the United Kingdom's best-selling female artist and Europe's highest selling European female artist.
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Colin Vearncombe, known by his stage name Black, was an English singer-songwriter. He emerged from the punk rock music scene and achieved mainstream pop success in the late 1980s, most notably with the international hit single "Wonderful Life" in 1987.
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