Photo: Harry Warnecke, Gus Schoenbaechler

Louis Armstrong’s ‘What A Wonderful World’ Is 5x Platinum: Look + Listen

Preempting the release of the LOUIS IN LONDON live LP, Louis Armstrong’s classic “What a Wonderful World” single has been certified 5x Platinum by the RIAA.

In recognition of the original recording’s cumulative 5,000,000+ American sales since its initial 1967 release, Verve Records is releasing the official performance video of the track.

Inducted into the GRAMMY® Hall of Fame in 1999, “What A Wonderful World” has become one of the world’s most beloved and best-selling all time standards, with international certifications including 5x Platinum in Canada, 1.5 Platinum in Germany; and Platinum in the UK, Denmark, Italy, France, and Spain.

On behalf of Louis Armstrong/the Louis Armstrong Estate, the new RIAA certification was accepted by fellow trumpeter and President of the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Wynton Marsalis,

Recorded live at the BBC on July 2, 1968 – several weeks after “What A Wonderful World” went #1 on the UK charts and ultimately became the biggest-selling single that year – LOUIS IN LONDON features Armstrong in spectacular form in his last great performance.

The 13-song full length features six previously unreleased tracks, including “What A Wonderful World”, “(Back Home Again) In Indiana”, “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, “Ole Miss”, “Blueberry Hill”, and “Hello, Dolly!”. Accompanied by exclusive liner notes by Armstrong’s biographer and Director of Research Collections for the Louis Armstrong House Museum, Ricky Riccardi, the collection will be available digitally, on CD, and on standard black and exclusive blue vinyl come Friday, July 12. 


(Verve Records)
Release Date: Friday, July 12
When It’s Sleepy Time Down South
(Back Home Again) In Indiana
A Kiss To Build a Dream On
Hello, Dolly!
You’ll Never Walk Alone
Ole Miss
Blueberry Hill
Mack The Knife
Rockin’ Chair
The Bare Necessities
What a Wonderful World
When The Saints Go Marching In
Louis Armstrong: trumpet, vocals

The All Stars:
Tyree Glenn: trombone
Joe Muranyi: clarinet
Marty Napoleon: piano
Buddy Catlett: bass
Danny Barcelona: drums

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Author: Saul Goode

Photo: Harry Warnecke, Gus Schoenbaechler