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(America's Got Talent 2013) New YouTube video auditions Singing "What a Wonderful World" is One of the most beautiful songs of all time, written by Bob Thiele (as George Douglas) and George David Weiss. It was first recorded by Louis Armstrong and released as a single in 1968. Thiele and Weiss were both prominent in the music world (Thiele as a producer and Weiss as a composer/performer). Armstrong's recording was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame. (America's Got Talent 2013 Auditions Video Submission) Britain's Got Talent Auditions.
Chronological list of covers:
1968 Louis Armstrong: million selling original version
1968 Eddy Arnold: used in the 2008 Oliver Stone film W.
1968 Engelbert Humperdinck: on his album A Man Without Love
1970 Louis Armstrong with the Oliver Nelson's Orchestra, including spoken introduction
1970 Tony Bennett: on his album Tony Bennett's Something
1988 Willie Nelson: on his album with the same name.
1989 Diana Ross performed the song live, releasing it on her Forever Diana: Musical Memoirs 4-CD set
1989 Don McLean performed the song live, releasing it on his For the Memories Vols I & II
1990 The Flaming Lips on their breakthrough album In a Priest Driven Ambulance
1992 Shane MacGowan & Nick Cave: male duet, released as a single
1992: Anni-Frid Lyngstad from ABBA and Marie Fredriksson performed the song as a duet at the open-air gala concert "Artister for Miljo"
1993 Israel Kamakawiwo'ole: Hawaiian ukulele version (medley with "Somewhere Over the Rainbow") on the album Facing Future
1994 Victoria Williams: on her Loose album
1995 Natalie Cole, with Plácido Domingo and José Carreras on their live Christmas album A Celebration of Christmas Live From Vienna
1997 Major Organ and the Adding Machine: avant-garde cover on the compilation Christmas in Stereo
1997 CeCe Peniston: for VA compilation Merry Arizona 97: Desert Stars Shine at Christmas
1998 Keb' Mo': on the soundtrack of the film Madeline
1998 Accion Mutante: on their EP Y No Hai Remedio
1999 Anne Murray: on her album What a Wonderful World, which sold an estimated 2.5 million worldwide. It went #1 Contemporary Christian, #4 Country and #38 Pop on the US Billboard chart. It also spawned a book and DVD. The album was re-released in 2008 as a 14-song set.
1999 Kenny G's rendition of the song on his album Classics in the Key of G, in a digital duet with Louis Armstrong
2001 Sticky Fingaz: on his album Blacktrash: The Autobiography of Kirk Jones
2001 Cliff Richard: (medley version with "Somewhere Over the Rainbow") on his album Wanted
2002 Joey Ramone: on his posthumous solo album, Don't Worry About Me (recorded just weeks before he died); used in a TV commercial for Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction and the soundtrack to the 2003 release of Freaky Friday
2002 Raffi on his album Let's Play
2002 Tony Bennett and k.d. lang: on the album A Wonderful World
2003 Ghoul: on their album Maniaxe
2003 B.B. King: on his album of covered R&B standards, Reflections
2003 Coldplay covered this song on their A Rush of Blood to the Head Tour
2003 Guy Sebastian: on his debut album, Just As I Am (more upbeat alternative arrangement by Sebastian)
2003 Sarah Brightman: on her album Harem
2004 Kenny G released a recording with his saxophone overdubbed on top of the original version
2004 Rod Stewart & Stevie Wonder: on Stewart's album Stardust: The Great American Songbook, Volume III
2004 Michael Bublé: on his album Babalu
2004 Celine Dion: on her album A New Day... Live in Las Vegas and Miracle
2004 LeAnn Rimes: on her album What a Wonderful World
2004 Minako Honda: on her album Toki
2005 TNT: on their album All the Way to the Sun
2006 John Legend recorded his version for his Christmas album.
2007 Lesley Garrett recorded her own version for her album When I Fall in Love
2007 Mika Nakashima: on her album YES
2007 Stacey Kent: on her album Breakfast on the Morning Tram
2007 Paolo Nutini: at Live Earth.
2007 Katie Melua: singing with Eva Cassidy's version to raise money for the Red Cross. This version also reached #1 in the UK chart in December 2007.
2008 Ministry: on their cover album Cover Up
2008 Beth Orton: Starbucks Winter Wonderland Compilation
2008 Kristin Chenoweth: Recorded the song in a medley with "Sleep Well Little Children" for her Christmas album A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas
2009 The Clarks: Recorded for a commercial for the 2009 Stanley Cup champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins; appeared on their album Restless Days
2009 Christian Bautista on his album A Wonderful Christmas
2010 Robert Wyatt recorded a version with Ros Stephen and Gilad Atzmon for the album For the Ghosts Within.
2010 Micheal Castaldo: recorded an Italian version of this song on his 2010 album, Aceto.
2011 Ainhoa Arteta: on her album Don't Give Up
2011 Coldplay: in the Glastonbury Festival 2011, in an electronic organ.
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