Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World (Original Spoken Intro Version) ABC Records 1967, 1970

"What a Wonderful World" [1970 Spoken Introduction Version] along with Oliver Nelson's Orchestra is a song written by Bob Thiele (as George Douglas) and George David Weiss. It was first recorded by Louis Armstrong and released as a single in 1967. 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. Intended as an antidote for the increasingly racially and politically charged climate of everyday life in the United States, 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 look forward to. The song was initially offered to Tony Bennett, who turned it down. Thereafter, it was offered to 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.Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an "inventive" trumpet and cornet player, Armstrong was a foundational influence in jazz, shifting the focus of the music from collective improvisation to solo performance. With his instantly recognizable gravelly voice, Armstrong was also an influential singer, demonstrating great dexterity as an improviser, bending the lyrics and melody of a song for expressive purposes. He was also skilled at scat singing (vocalizing using sounds and syllables instead of actual lyrics).Renowned for his charismatic stage presence and voice almost as much as for his trumpet-playing, Armstrong's influence extends well beyond jazz music, and by the end of his career in the 1960s, he was widely regarded as a profound influence on popular music in general. Armstrong was one of the first truly popular African-American entertainers to "cross over", whose skin color was secondary to his music in an America that was severely racially divided. He rarely publicly politicized his race, often to the dismay of fellow African-Americans, but took a well-publicized stand for desegregation during the Little Rock Crisis. His artistry and personality allowed him socially acceptable access to the upper echelons of American society that were highly restricted for a black man.Armstrong died of a heart attack in his sleep on July 6, 1971 at the age of 69, 11 months after playing a famous show at the Waldorf-Astoria's Empire Room. He was residing in Corona, Queens, New York City, at the time of his death. He was interred in Flushing Cemetery, Flushing, in Queens, New York City. His honorary pallbearers included Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Pearl Bailey, Count Basie, Harry James, Frank Sinatra, Ed Sullivan, Earl Wilson, Alan King, Johnny Carson and David Frost. Peggy Lee sang The Lord's Prayer at the services while Al Hibbler sang "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" and Fred Robbins, a long-time friend, gave the eulogy.Armstrong was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1972 by the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. This Special Merit Award is presented by vote of the Recording Academy's National Trustees to performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording. Recordings of Armstrong were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, which is a special Grammy award established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least twenty-five years old, and that have "qualitative or historical significance.""Some of you young folks been saying to me" Hey Pops, what you mean 'What a wonderful world'? How about all them wars all over the place? You call them wonderful? And how about hunger and pollution? That ain't so wonderful either."Well how about listening to old Pops for a minute. Seems to me, it aint the world that's so bad but what we're doin' to it. And all I'm saying is see what a wonderful world It would be if only we'd give it a chance. Love baby, love. That's the secret, yeah.If lots more of us loved each otherwe'd solve lots more problems. And then this world would be gasser.That's wha' ol' Pops keeps saying."I see trees of green, red roses tooI see them bloom, for me and youAnd I think to myselfWhat a wonderful worldI see skies of blue, and clouds of whiteThe bright blessed day, dark sacred nightAnd I think to myselfWhat a wonderful worldThe colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the skyAre also on the faces, of people going byI see friends shaking hands, sayin', "How do you do?"They're really sayin', "I love you"I hear babies cryin', I watch them growThey'll learn much more, than I'll ever knowAnd I think to myselfWhat a wonderful worldYes, I think to myselfWhat a wonderful worldOh yeah!

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Adam Shaari
The song should be played when the last rocket from Earth to Mars takes off. If human ever leaves to live on Mars after the Earth is destroyed by human.
It awesome that he made this song cause back then a person like himself seemingly had a lot to complain about but yet he was still so grateful WOW
Alain Philibin
Bravo à Louis Armstrong
Alice Silva
Linda música voz rouca maravilhosa canta para Deus
Anthea Green Burns
This song touches my heart in so many ways & listen to the words 🌎
Arnel Vasquez
What a wonderful World indeed!!
Atef Bandary
Very Wonderful Song , wonderful voice and Rhythm . I love that wonderful world. I love all of you. God bless all
Austin Kwape
17 September 2018
Autistic Kylo Ren
The world needs more Louis Armstrong's in it!
Listening to this makes me said
Bhima Waskita
When you are too depressed to think about anything that worth for keeping life and hearing this song suddenly burst you into crying
Bradlee King
What are we doing to this planet :'(
Chaniah G
This song always makes me want to cry
Charlie Wilson
This world could be a wonderful, beautiful place if we all would just treat each other the way you want to be treated. Basic Principles of life, Basic Principles!
Fallout 3: \nI Don't Want to Set the World on Fire\nAnything Goes\nA Wonderful Guy\nCrazy He Calls Me\nCivilization\nEasy Living\nHappy Times\nInto Each Life Some Rain Must Fall\nMaybe\nMighty, Mighty Man\nWay Back Home\nBoogie Man\nFox Boogie\nI'm Tickled Pink\nJazzy Interlude\nJolly Days\nLet's Go Sunning\nSwing Doors\n\nFallout NV:\nAin't That a Kick in the Head?\nBig Iron\nBlue Moon\nHome on the Wastes\nIt's a Sin to Tell a Lie\nJingle, Jangle, Jingle\nLove Me as Though There Were No Tomorrow\nMad About the Boy\nNew Vegas Valley\nSomething's Gotta Give\nWhy Don't You Do Right?\n\nFallout 4: \nA Wonderful Guy\nAc-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive\nAnything Goes†\nAtom Bomb Baby\nButcher Pete (Part 1)\nButcher Pete (Part 2)\nCivilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo)\nCrawl Out Through the Fallout\nCrazy He Calls Me\nDear Hearts and Gentle People\nEasy Living\nGood Rockin' Tonight\nGrandma Plays the Numbers\nHappy Times\nHe's a Demon, He's a Devil, He's a Doll\nI Don't Want to Set the World on Fire\nInto Each Life Some Rain Must Fall\nIt's a Man\nIt's All Over But the Crying\nKeep a Knockin' (But You Can't Come In)\nMaybe
Chipotle’s My life
anyone listening in 2018 ❤️
Chris Graves
Make America love again
Christian Retana
Yo miro y pienso, Que mundo tan maravilloso!
Conrad Andrew
Possibly the best song of all time
Wish I could sit on the porch with this guy and talk about life
Deb R
I am 1 of the last of the ignorant. This song was so predictable.2019 and?!.
Delaney Montelli
This song will forever stay relevant
Diann Hanson
How can you not like this song
Dio Dio
So great
Djsolarflash 101
This song makes me feel happy to be alive.
Eileen Donovan
One of the most touching songs ever written! I can't listen to it without tears rolling down my face. Rest in peace, Louis Armstrong.
Elizabeth Ambriz
What a wonderful soul !!!!
Erica Diamond
100 %%%%%%%%%%%% XOXOXXOXOXO
Flim Flam
We need this now more than ever. Please, love one another and stop hurting each other.
Song starts at 1:10
Gilberto Silva
2018 👏👏👏
All of my childhood memories of Satchmo were happy, and I always thought he seemed such a happy man. But as an adult seeing photos of the man, it showed maybe he was keeping a brave face for the sake of the rest of us, and he seems so fragile and sad. Louis lived a good enough life in a world that was very cruel and tried to make us all happy and promoted love, but suffered indignities in his home land that would have broken most men. I really think he was magnificent now, more than ever! Louis Armstrong makes it into my top 10 American heroes of all-time.
Guess What
Man I love his voice
Jamal uddin
This is the difference between a popstar and a Legend. Beautiful lyrics \nwith deep meaning without any sexual references or seduction. May he \nrest in peace :\
Jerry wtf
People need to listen to these words wr can do it .
This song is about the coming of Jesus,the real Kingdom of God,the time wish everything will be destroyed to be build new earth and new heaven.This will be the darkness saying goddbye, see your old friends there,and shaking hands...Accept the help of Jesus and know ALL TRUTH.If you need him,just call,he's always there for you!
Joe Govanni
It's thruly a wonderful world !!!! Just live life and be happy....
John Smith
I see babies crying..i watch them grow. They'll learn much more..than I'll ever know
Johnsidrix Forcrey
October 1 2018 is here
Joseph Gardiner
Feminists, War, Racism, SJW's, Flat Earthers... What a wonderful world... in 2018
Julia cardassian
beautiful song makes me 😢
My teacher wants this played at her funeral. She’s such a wonderful person
Kahn Souphanousinphone
This song's brings into tears. I remember back when I was in Kindergarten, my teacher read us a book about how beautiful our world was, it included the lyrics as well. She even brought the cassette tape and played it while we were coloring. She looked so happy as she sang the song. 6 years later, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and sadly passed away. I'm a freshman in high school and when I hear this song, I can't help but think of her. 😢
Kateri Mestas
Still makes me cry ever damn time Luis was blessed truly blessed his voice just like a old friend welcoming you and talking bout the good ol days
Kevin Jun
He was suffering while doing this, but he looks so happy
Koky & Toty
Papa mi hai fatto sentire questa canzone da bambino ... tuo figlio Antonio 2018
Lee Dungarees
What a wonderful intro 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽
Lewis McCombe
This should be what humanity leaves behind as our memory once we've gone
Luis Rivas
some people think I'm crazy but i have a strong believe that our world still is wonderfully special.
Luther Garner
Everyone should stop and really listen to the words and just smile and feel love and joy.😅
Maria Meza
1.9k people had there screen upside down
Maria Oliveira
What a wonderful music 🎶
Martine Schaal
magnifique .
Mary Wagner
He was a brave man
Md. Monjurul Alam Rana
Love baby love... love is everything in the life.. on the life. Thank you thank you very much🌹👏👌👍👨 from 341 east nakhalpara tejgaon dhaka 1215 bangladesh...! m.m.a.rana
One of the people I wished I could have met . . .
;_; we are all gonna die one day enjoy it while it lasts
this man was way before his time wish he was still here
Pam Gibbs
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Pandorasbox hope
Oh ! My dearest grandpa used to sing What a Wonderful World , wish I could tell him how he brought such love and joy into my World . Now I am a grandma I am passing his legacy on to my children and grandchildren .
Prica Avoki
when music was real
In the Future it won’t be a wonderful world anymore because we human are destroying it 😪
Rhonda Smith
Dear Mr Armstrong, I believe that Love forgiveness and grace trumps hate and in difference, I still believe in you pops. keep singing! I Believe!
Dad.......you are gone but not forgotten....
One of the best songs on this planet.
Sherolyn Simmons
A wonderful song sang by a wonderful man.. .
Sherri Molnar
support white farmers in south aferica
Sheva Burton
Timeless, magical and wonderful.
Sims 3 Forever Dude
I always cry hearing this song. Am I the only one who cries??????????????
Siphiwo Richard Maphalala
Super Secret
Our world is wonderful, we just need to solve our problems with LOVE not hate.
Tess Curran
I always thought if everyone was blind in the world you would truly get to know that person and how wonderful it would be with no hate or jealousy
Toby Rescue
The song is wonderful and so is the singer but the world is depressing.
Tom Cook
Louie knew what the meaning of life was.....Love ! RIP Louis
Travis Walsh
Here’s to you pops
Trinal Fish
Amazing song. It's a shame that the only time it gets used in movies is during sad scenes.
Tyler Cleveland
If only today's generations and the generations to come would understand love and communication we are all humans black/white/brown/yellow/purple whatever we all need to understand that we are all the same we all breath the same air love your neighbor agree to disagree if we want change we ALL have to be it.
This song brings a tear to my eye when I listen, reminds me of days long past.
Unicorn Princess
The 1.8k people who disliked this video have no will to live.
William Davies
Why can't I listen to this song without crying?
Xxeatingcupcake xX
I want my future babies to be born too this song ❤️
antonio carlos formaggio
Voz inconfundível! Música hino... Sua voz possui o sentido da eternidade.
chris haas
The good old times when music had a Real meaning
demi god3000
When you stay home from school cause you got a sore throat
WOW, after hearing this.......does anyone feel like crying?
dika kadang
Anyone Sep 18
gino. r
This was the song my son and I shared when he was a bay before I lost him.. The moments we shared forever I will cherish. It truly is a wonderful world..
iAmVenom YT
when music was good...
irena mišunová
It is a story of love in every season,especially at Christmas.
k windsock
God Bless, Louis.
The present world economic system is obsolete and long past its sell by date, it is time to dump this dog eat dog rat race into the trash bin of history. To this end let us all help to speed the day when this wonderful earth and its rich resources are held in common for the benefit of all humanity. Comrades there is only one race.The Human Race.
This song was playing on the radio as my daughter came into the world this year.
nate deezy
This is the \
pete Gambino
It's crazy how this song still resonates today, not much has changed Loui, unfortunately.
rian saputra
2018??\nI love this music😍😍
nooo im not crying my eyes are just watering my cheeks ;)............
stanley mumo
Why would people dislike this song with deep meaning?\nI've just heard this song for the first time today and it's awesome and timeless.
tage tania
Wonderful, amazingly wonderful.
wisdom space
what a wonderful world indeed!!!!!!!
Марлен Хасенов
Творение , творить чудеса и чудеснего человека большой БУКВОЙ !!! \