"What A Wonderful World" (Live) by Eva Cassidy (1996)
"What A Wonderful World" was written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss. It was first recorded by Louis Armstrong and released as a single in 1967 which became a #1 hit on the UK Singles Chart. He then released it on his album entitled What a Wonderful World in 1968. In 1999, Louis Armstrong's recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Eva Cassidy recorded several versions of "What A Wonderful World" and made the version in this video in January 1996 which was self-released on her album Live at Blues Alley in May 1996. She was virtually unknown outside her native Washington, D.C. at the time of her death of melanoma on November 2, 1996 (age 33). Live at Blues Alley was her final album before her death. Her posthumously released recordings have brought her worldwide critical acclaim including three #1 LPs on the UK Albums Charts selling over 10 million copies. In early fall 1996, at a benefit concert for her at The Bayou in Georgetown, she made her final public appearance, closing the set with "What A Wonderful World" in front of an audience of family, friends, and fans.