What a Wonderful World

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PROFILE
Songwriters Bob Thiele (as George Douglas), George David Weiss
Year Written 1967
About What a Wonderful World
Written at a time of great political and racial unrest in America, “What A Wonderful World” was a kind, gentle and positive song that was very well received. Louis Armstrong recorded it first and it was a big hit for him, selling over a million singles. Even though this song has been recorded by many fine artists, including Tony Bennett, it remains closely identified with Louis Armstrong.

Lyrics

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see ’em bloom, for me and for you
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world

I see skies of blue, clouds of white
Bright blessed days dark sacred nights
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world

The colors of a rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands sayin’ how do you do
They’re really sayin’ i love you

I hear babies cry, I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more than I’ll never know
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world

The colors of a rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are there on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands sayin’ how do you do
They’re really sayin'(I, love you)

I hear babies cry, I watch them grow
(you know their gonna learn
A whole lot more than I’ll never know)
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself, what a wonderful world

Session / Album Information

1970

“What A Wonderful World” was recorded on August 13, 1970 and released that year on the album Tony Bennett’s “Something”. It was arranged by Peter Matz.

This recording released on:

  • 1970: Columbia LP 12″: C 30280 — Tony Bennett’s “Something”
  • 1970: CBS LP 12″: S64217 — Tony Bennett’s “Something” (UK)
  • 1995: Columbia CD: CK 64601 — Tony Bennett’s “Something”
  • 2011: Disc #39 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK38) Tony Sings The Great Hits of Today!

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