Prolific songwriter George David Weiss passed away Sunday at his home in Oldwick, New Jersey. Weiss co-wrote, among many other songs, What a Wonderful World with music producer Bob Thiele.
What a Wonderful World was originally made famous when it was recorded by Jazzman Louis Armstrong in 1968. The song was re-released in 1988 and included in Robins Williams’ movie Good Morning Vietnam.
What a Wonderful World from Good Morning Vietnam:
What a Wonderful World is featured here because it is probably my most favorite song in the whole wide world, and Satchmo did such a remarkable job performing it.
Weiss also co-wrote Can’t Help Falling in Love, which was recorded and made famous by Elvis Presley in 1961 and included in in the 1961 film, Blue Hawaii, which also starred Elvis.
In addition to that, Weiss co-wrote The Lion Sleeps Tonight recorded by the Tokens in 1961.