Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World
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Louis Armstrong's performance of 'What a Wonderful World' in 1967 for British Television.

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"What a Wonderful World" was first recorded by Louis Armstrong and released as a single in 1967, and was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.  Intended as an antidote for the increasingly racially and politically charged climate in the U.S. of everyday life, the song 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 not initially a hit in the United States, where it sold fewer than 1,000 copies, but was a major success in the UK, reaching number one on the UK singles chart.  It was also the biggest-selling single of 1968 in the UK.  The song made Louis Armstrong the oldest male to top the charts - at sixty-six years.  It was re-released in America shortly after Armstrong's death in 1971 and became a top ten hit.

Louis Armstrong (1901 - 1971) was an American jazz trumpeter and singer.  Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an innovative cornet and trumpet virtuoso, Armstrong was a foundational influence on jazz, shifting the music's focus from collective improvisation to solo performers. With his distinctive 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.
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