During his career, Armstrong appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows, wrote books and letters, and captivated the world with his gravely voice and impeccable trumpet playing one performance at a time. During that time, the United States grew into a more fractured nation with intense, sometimes violent struggles over issues such as Civil Rights and the war in Vietnam. Thiele realized the nation needed a healing message delivered as only Armstrong could deliver it and tapped songwriter George David Weiss to craft the song. His mood changed immediately because the words made him think of one thing and one thing only: his home in Corona, Queens. I saw three generations come up on that block. And I got pictures of them when they was five, six and seven years old. And the music with it. So you can see, from the expression, them people dug it. It is a wonderful world.
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It was first recorded by Louis Armstrong and released in as a single, which topped the pop charts in the United Kingdom. One source claims the song was first offered to Tony Bennett , who turned it down,  although Louis Armstrong biographer Ricky Riccardi disputes this claim. Weiss was inspired by Armstrong's ability to bring people of different races together. Arranger Artie Butler was there with songwriters Weiss and Theile, and Armstrong was in the studio singing with the orchestra. Newton wanted a swingy pop song like " Hello, Dolly! Newton was locked out of the studio for his disruption, but a second problem arose: nearby freight train whistles interrupted the session twice, forcing the recording to start over. Armstrong shook his head and laughed off the distractions, keeping his composure. The session ended around 6 am, going longer than expected. The song was not initially a hit in the United States, where it sold fewer than 1, copies because Newton did not like or promote it,  but was a major success in the United Kingdom, reaching number one on the UK Singles Chart.