GUIDO PISTOCCHI with LINO PATRUNO JAZZ SHOW
"What a Wonderful World"
Guido Pistocchi (trumpet, vocals)
Cinzia Gizzi (piano)
Lino Patruno (guitar)
Mauro Battisti (bass)
Carlo Battisti (drums).
Rimini, 1993 http://www.linopatruno.ithttp://www.cambiamusica.ithttp://www.michaelsupnick.com
"What a Wonderful World" is a song by Bob Thiele (using the pseudonym George Douglas) and George David Weiss. It was first recorded by Louis Armstrong and released as a single in early fall 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. (and written specifically for Armstrong, who had broad crossover appeal), the song details the singer's delight in the simple enjoyment of everyday life. 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 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 and ten months old.
The opening lyrics read:
I see trees of green, red roses too.
I see them bloom, for me and you.
And I think to myself... what a wonderful world.
I see skies of blue, and clouds of white.
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world...
The song gradually became something of a standard and reached a new level of popularity. In 1988 Louis Armstrong's 1967 recording was featured in the film Good Morning Vietnam and was rereleased as a single. The single charted at number one for the fortnight ending 27 June 1988 on the Australian charts. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What_a_Wonderful_World