For the first time ever, the Louis Armstrong classic, “What a Wonderful World,” is getting a music video.
The song, which was released in 1967, has become as iconic as Armstrong himself and is Verve‘s most streamed jazz song with more than a billion streams.
You can see the video by clicking right here. With every single frame created by hand by Springtime Jellyfish, it’s beautiful and meticulous enough to make you believe that the world truly can be wonderful, even with everything going on today.
Written by George David Weiss and Bob Thiele, it was meant to heal a nation in the middle race riots and anti-war protests. Does that sound at all familiar? Maybe this is the perfect time for the song’s video to be released.
Louis Armstrong is also the perfect voice for the song of multiple generations.
Bob Thiele said, “We wanted this immortal musician and performer to say, as only he could, the world really is great: full of the love and sharing people make possible for themselves and each other every day.”
Released by ABC Records, it wasn’t originally a hit. It topped charts overseas, but didn’t become a megahit in the United States when it was featured in “Good Morning Vietnam.” It cruised up the Billboard chart to No. 33 and became a mainstay in American pop culture. It was eventually inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame in 1999.
The video was released in honor of Armstrong’s birthday, premiering on Facebook and reaching over 5 million views.
It’s now available right here for anyone to see and be reminded of how wonderful the world truly is.