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Wonderful World and What A Wonderful World song title page

What A Wonderful World and Wonderful World and other variations were song titles of different popular songs. In 1960, Sam Cooke reached number 8 with a song he wrote with Herb Alpert. In 1965, Herman's Hermits made this a number 4 song. In 1978, Art Garfunkel With James Taylor & Paul Simon brought the song back to number 6.
A second similar song title was a song made famous by Louis Armstrong in 1968, reaching UK number one. In 1988, the song reached number 28, becoming more popular in the US than ever. In 1999, saxophone player Kenny G added his touch to it, and the song was played again.
In 1993, Israel Iz Kamakawiwo'ole created a reggae version of a song medley, Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World, made famous by Judy Garland and Louis Armstrong respectively, which eventually became popular worldwide. It was most popular in the US in 2004. Cliff Richard made a concert version of this revamped medley in 2001.
The James Morrison title was a third different song.


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  1 Wonderful World 8   Jul 1960  
  Sam Cooke  
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  2 Wonderful World 4   Jun 1965  
  Herman's Hermits  
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  3 (What A) Wonderful World   May 1976  
  Johnny Nash  
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  4 (What A) Wonderful World 6   Mar 1978  
  Art Garfunkel With James Taylor & Paul Simon  
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  5 Mutual Surrender (What A Wonderful World) 28   May 1986  
  Bourgeois Tagg  
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  6 What A Wonderful World 28   Mar 1988  
  Louis Armstrong  
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  7 What A Wonderful World   Dec 1992  
  Nick Cave & Shane MacGowan  
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  8 What A Wonderful World   Sep 1999  
  Kenny G With Louis Armstrong  
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  9 Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World   Dec 2001  
  Cliff Richard  
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  10 What A Wonderful World   Dec 2004  
  Rod Stewart Featuring Stevie Wonder  
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  11 Wonderful World   Oct 2007  
  James Morrison  
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  12 What A Wonderful World   Dec 2007  
  Eva Cassidy  
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  13 Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World   May 2015  
  Israel Iz Kamakawiwo'ole  
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