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Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World”

Among Armstrong’s best-known popular hits were “Stardust,” “What a Wonderful World,” “When the Saints Go Marching In,” “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” and “Stompin’ at the Savoy.” Many years after his death, Armstrong’s recordings remain popular, and his music is more widely available a generation after his death than at any time during his lifetime. “Melancholy Blues” as recorded by Armstrong and the Hot Seven was included on the Voyager Golden Record sent into outer space to represent the greatest musical achievements of humankind.

From “Armstrong, Louis” in the Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present on the Oxford African American Studies Center