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50 Years of ‘What a Wonderful World’

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In the late 1960’s, nothing seemed like it was going right; from assassinations to race riots to the Vietnam War, tension was everywhere. It seemed as if the world was falling apart.

In light of this, songwriter George David Weiss and record producer Bob Thiele decided to pen a positive, beautiful song that would provide a welcome respite from these challenging times. The song was called What a Wonderful World, and after Tony Bennett turned down the initial recording offer, Louis Armstrong signed on to record it. Initially released in 1967 as a single, the song didn’t fare so well. But after Armstrong released the song on his What A Wonderful World album in 1968, it gradually gained in popularity. Continue reading “50 Years of ‘What a Wonderful World’”

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One-Hit Wonders are ONEderfully Nostalgic!

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“Better to live one day as a tiger than a thousand years as a sheep.” – Tibetan Proverb

Today’s nostalgic Music Monday post is dedicated to those artists who — despite their talent and tenacity — ended up having only one real “hit” to their name.  Sure, they may have made multiple albums, maybe they even had mild success with other songs (or even success writing for others). But these artists will be best remembered for — heck maybe they will only be remembered for — their one big hit. Continue reading “One-Hit Wonders are ONEderfully Nostalgic!”

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46 Songs to Start Your Day Off Right | Music Monday Playlist

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We think it’s probably a universal problem: you have a great weekend and then Monday rolls around. Getting out of bed seems to take a little bit longer than usual, and you find yourself thinking, “Man, I wish I had an extra day!” or “How did that go so fast?” 

And sometimes on those days (and let’s be honest, this problem might happen every day, no matter what part of the week it is), you need a little something “extra” to help get you going. So we took it upon ourselves here at the Nostalgia Diaries to put together a Music Monday playlist that might just help with those slow-moving mornings when getting out from under those covers seems just a little too hard. Continue reading “46 Songs to Start Your Day Off Right | Music Monday Playlist”

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16 Songs About Spring

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“Thus came the lovely spring with a rush of blossoms and music, Flooding the earth with flowers, and the air with melodies vernal.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Ah, Spring… the beautiful time of year when everything comes back to life, when flowers begin blooming and trees start sprouting new leaves. It’s the time of year for singing in the rain, dancing in puddles, and catching raindrops on your tongue. It’s the time of year that makes you want to run around outside and soak up the sunshine after being cooped inside all winter. It’s the time of year that just begs you to roll the windows down in your car, turn the stereo up, and sing at the top of your lungs.  Continue reading “16 Songs About Spring”

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Jump on the Peace Train: 11 Songs About Peace

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“Everyone jump upon the Peace Train,
Come on, come on, come on…” – Cat Stevens

April is all about peace and acceptance and over here at The Nostalgia Diaries (and Corey’s Everyday Nostalgia post yesterday told you about her journey to make peace with where she is in her life, and a week ago she wrote about finding peace in being enough). So today we decided that we should put together a Music Monday post of artists who have crafted songs about harmony, tranquility, happiness, and love. In a word:

Peace. Continue reading “Jump on the Peace Train: 11 Songs About Peace”