If you’ve ever wondered why so many people adore the song “What a Wonderful World,” you’ve come to the right place. The original version of this beloved song is credited to Louis Armstrong, a New Orleans jazz legend. Armstrong had been recording since the 1920s, and his rendition of this timeless tune became one of his most popular and commercially successful records. And since his version was so beloved, it earned him induction into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.
Louis Armstrong was a jazz legend when he wrote the classic “What a Wonderful World” with co-writer Bob Thiele. The song was first released as a single in 1967 by jazz legend Louis Armstrong. Despite its unfavorable performance in the U.S., it was welcomed by many other countries. Although its popularity waned in the United States, the song remained popular in other countries.
The song is still popular today. Armstrong performed it during the 1968 film Casablanca and had his first hit with the song. Other memorable performances of the song include Louis Armstrong’s rendition of “What a Wonderful World” and Damian Marley’s rendition of “Red Roses Too.”
“What a Wonderful World” was a hit for Armstrong in the United Kingdom and Italy during the 1960s. The song later became a chart-topping hit in the United States in the 1970s. However, Armstrong’s lifestyle caught up with him in 1968. The grueling touring schedule and arduous lifestyle finally took its toll on him and he was forced to retire from the stage. He also lost his longtime manager, Joe Glaser, in 1969, making him spend most of his time at home, practicing the trumpet daily.