Memorial Service Music – What a Wonderful World
Is there a song (or a few) that you’d want played at your own funeral memorial service or celebration of life gathering, for the people that are remembering and thinking of you after you’re gone?
Gravelly-voiced jazz and blues singer Louis B. Armstrong was the first to record What a Wonderful World (1967), written by Bob Thiele (George Douglas) and George David Weiss. At almost 67 years of age, Louis Armstrong was a senior citizen and became the oldest man to reach #1 on the UK singles chart; his version of What a Wonderful World has sold over a million copies courtesy of baby boomers, and been downloaded over 2 million times.
Although What a Wonderful World will always be associated with Louis B. Armstrong in the minds of baby boomers, he almost missed the chance to record it first – it was offered to Tony Bennett, who turned it down (and later covered it several times.
Many other artists have performed and recorded What a Wonderful World , including country singer Roy Clark, Canadian songbird Anne Murray, and Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwo’ole; below, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s audio ukelele version.
Is What a Wonderful World on your list of top songs to celebrate the life and memories of yourself or a loved one at their memorial service?
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