Louis Armstrong released the song “What a Wonderful World” in 1968. The song’s politically aspirational and idealistic lyrics (and this was a political song) were at odds with what was happening in the world in 1968 – most notably assassinations, racial and political unrest and the Vietnam War.
Armstrong, along with producer Bob Thiele and songwriter George David Weiss, hoped the image of environmental conservation and peace and harmony among men would serve as a call for humanity to become a better version of itself. The message fell flat at the time because it was so dissonant from what was going on in the streets and because the suits at ABC Records didn’t support it. History has been kinder to the tune, which reached the Billboard Top 40 in 1988 thanks to being featured in the movie “Good Morning Vietnam. // Continue to the full article