There can’t be a soul in the world today who doesn’t think of Louis Armstrong when hearing “What A Wonderful World.” As “Satchmo” himself takes us back to the 1960s with his gravelly voice, we’ve got chills.
However, this song didn’t always enjoy a blissful existence in the music industry. In fact, when the song was first written by Bob Thiele and George Weiss, they couldn’t seem to find anyone to take it off their hands.
After even famed jazz musician Tony Bennett turned them down, the two decided to approach Amstrong’s manager at the time, Joe Glaser. And thank goodness they did, because the world truly would not be the “wonderful” place it is today without Louis’ recording.
Today this heartwarming melody is a wedding staple, and, as Armstrong puts it best, “ain’t 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.” And we couldn’t agree more.