Louis Armstrong ‎– What A Wonderful World / Cabaret

His Master's Voice ‎– POP 1615
Vinyl, 7", Single, 45 RPM, Solid centre

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A What A Wonderful World
Directed By – Tommy GoodmanWritten-By – G. D. Weiss*, G. Douglas*
B Cabaret
Written-By – J. Kander / F. Ebb*



An ABC Recording.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side 1 Label): 45AMP 14207
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 2 Label): 45AMP 14209
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 1): 45 AMP 14207-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 2): 45 AMP 14209-1


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August 23, 2017
To insult the poster of this image even more, 7" singles were 7/- 8d ( 39p) when this single first came out so a 6/- (30p) record token would not buy you this single and EMI did not sell 1/- 8d token stamps!!!

This wonderful single (even though IMHO it's in needless mono) needs to be a dinked 4-pin OC (optional centre) pressing with the "sold in the UK" text and best housed in one of the 1967 Autumn/Christmas season unique and expensive to print full colour EMI album adds "campaign" sleeves as there was no HMV company sleeve printed, and this is and was the next best thing! Looks classy too!


August 23, 2017
Very naughty listing this UK version was never released in that 1963 red UK EMI HMV sleeve , sadly this release came out in in plain white rear wavey top die-cut sleeves.
the undinked small holes were the majority, a small percentage were 4-pin OC dinked but as a time consuming 'extra' man powered operation the swift turn-around un-dinked were very much the order of the day and until well into the early 1970's.
This global #1 release stayed on EMI's catalog as a regular seller (note the August + 1969 pressings with no "sold in the UK" label text ) and continued to do so when USA ABC-Paramount finally launched UK wise as a generic label morphed into Probe* and the tracks came out first time UK wise in stereo on Probe Goldies Oldies GFF 106. (6th release).

The UK EMI choice of HMV as host label is a bit on an enigma, $tateside had now been established as USA ABC-Paramounts' UK home. having in the past had gems of titles both on EMI-Columbia and HMV add hock. (Paul Anka, The Impressions, The Poni Tails, etc) EMI in it's wisdom were gradually running down and folding HMV as a pop singles label, going for classical albums market only. Never mind that Columbia Grappophone, as joint owners of EMI conceeded to the Gramophone Company's HMV brand and Nipper as to being EMI's flagship over the 'magic notes' and not something to be got rid of because of the brand was also sold to and used by RCA-Victor USA wise and JVC Japan wise, with silly territory and releasing rights and Nipper trade mark disputes, woof woof!

This single would have been assigned a $tateside SS number, the Album from which it came AND follow up single both came out in the UK on $tateside.
Through rose coloured glasses, maybe the release team meeting on that monday in Manchester Sq, reading up on what AM-PAR had sent for UK release, heard it and thought wow this is classy, too classy and going to be a big seller just maybe a little bit too classy for $tateside, HMV would show it's old status and be a great way to say goodbye.........save Joyce Grenfell The Nursery (what a follow up!) Who knows.
The are no archive details at to just why this was put out UK wise on HMV., just that it was!. Should have been a hush hush stereo release IMHO.

*(As USA ABC-Dunhill were paying the bill and investing in Probe, UK company sleeves were printed, in a rich maroon and were used for the EMI-Probe Goldies Oldies releases no plain white sleeves there!).

When USA MCA bought out ABC-Paramount/Dunhill Dot and Imperial that was the sad end to ABC-Paramount/Dunhill and everything shifted including UK wise to MCA, including this historical release!.