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George David Weiss Dies at 89

Wrote ‘What A Wonderful World’ and ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’

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Songwriter, Broadway impresario, and musician George David Weiss died Monday. Below, enjoy his most famous song, which somehow manages to be affecting even after the 500th time you’ve heard it.

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No disrespect to Weiss, but ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ wasn’t his. Pretty cool BBC Radio documentary on it:

It is terrible tragedy that George David Weiss has passed away. You can help remember him by contributing to his memorial website at

Mike Gibbowr says:

One of the Greatest Songwriters in the world… George David Weiss, along with one of the Greatest Singers of all time… Louis Armstrong, made “What a Wonderful World” a Song that will continue to touch hearts for as along as Music is Heard.


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George David Weiss Dies at 89

Wrote ‘What A Wonderful World’ and ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’

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