What A Wonderful World!

22 Sep

What a Wonderful World” was written by songwriters Bob Thiele and George David Weiss, first performed by Louis Armstrong, and released as a single in early fall 1967. Intended as an antidote for the increasingly racially and politically charged climate in the U.S. (and written specifically for Armstrong, who had broad crossover appeal), the song details the singer’s delight in the simple enjoyment of everyday life. The song also has a hopeful, optimistic tone with regard to the future, with reference to babies being born into the world and having much to which to look forward. The song was not initially a hit in the States, where it sold less than 1,000 copies, but was a major success in the UK, reaching number one in the UK singles chart.

19 major interpretations of this masterpiece of music is now to be heard; now to be seen; and now ready to be downloaded on boreme.com. Here comes the playlist:

1. Louis Armstrong
2. Nick Cave and Shane MacGowan
3. Eva Cassidy
4. Joey Ramone
5. Sarah Brightman
6. Rod Stewart
7. Chris Moyles
(Celebrity X-Factor)
8. Julia Roman Abueva
(10yrs. old)
9. A blacklight production by a grade three class
10. Dorothy Hamill
(skating at the 1995 Legends competition)
11. Guy Sebastian
(live at the Australian Tennis Open Final)
12. Al Murray
(The Pub Landlord)
13. Angels and Airwaves
(Windows Vista release party)
14. Anwar Robinson
(American Idol)
15. BMX Bandits
16. Olivia Newton-John
(Mothers & Others concert with
Cher, Bette Midler, Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn)

17. Celine Dion
18. Swing Girls
(‘wild boar’ scene from 2004 Japanese film)
19. Louis Armstrong sings for the Forces