'What A Wonderful World' To Receive Towering Song Award At Songwriters Hall Of Fame Gala
May 20, 2015 at 11:59 AM (PT)
"What A Wonderful World" will be given the TOWERING SONG AWARD at this year's 48th annual SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME INDUCTION AND AWARDS DINNER, slated for THURSDAY, JUNE 18th at the MARRIOTT MARQUIS HOTEL in NEW YORK CITY (NET NEWS 2/18).
The award honors an individual song that has influenced our culture in a unique way over many years. Previous honorees have included “Take Me Out To The Ballgame,” “Moon River,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “It Was A Very Good Year,” “Stand By Me,” “A Change Is Gonna Come” and “Over The Rainbow.”
“What A Wonderful World," with words and music by GEORGE DAVID WEISS and BOB THIELE, was recorded by LOUIS ARMSTRONG in 1967 for ABC RECORDS. It was created in order to cut through the racial tensions of the '60s, but due to a lack of promotion, it did not succeed as a single on its first issue in the U.S., although it topped the charts in many other countries. The song came to renewed attention after ARMSTRONG’s recording was featured on the soundtrack of the 1987 film "Good Morning, Vietnam." The song has since been recorded by many other performers, while ARMSTRONG's version was inducted into the GRAMMY HALL OF FAME in 1999.
Commenting on the selection, SHOF Pres./CEO LINDA MORAN said, "This song possesses layer upon layer of beauty, meaning and positivity. It's no wonder that people everywhere have embraced it to accompany happy life cycle events like the birth of a child, bar mitzvahs and confirmations, and weddings. Film, TV and advertising producers all understand the song's appeal as well. “What a Wonderful World” was the last great showcase for one of AMERICA's eternal stars – LOUIS ARMSTRONG. And it continues to resonate."