On this day in 1922
Record producer Bob Thiele is born in New York City
Thiele co-wrote Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World"
under the pseudonym George Douglas
Bob Thiele hosted a jazz radio show when he was 14
He also played clarinet and led a band in the New York area
At age 17 Bob founded the Signature Records label
and recorded many jazz greats
including Lester Young, Erroll Garner and, in 1943, Coleman Hawkins
Signature folded in 1948 and he joined Decca Records in 1952
running its Coral Records subsidiary
His wife was the singer Teresa Brewer
whom he met and produced while working for Decca Records in the 1950s
Thiele took over as head of Impulse! Records from 1961-69
after founder Creed Taylor went to run Verve Records
Thiele's best known association while at Impulse! was with John Coltrane
but he also recorded such artists
as Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie,
Sonny Rollins, Archie Shepp, and Albert Ayler among others
His most successful hit song
was with Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World"
which he co-wrote with George David Weiss
According to Thiele's memoir
the recording session for this now-famous song
was the scene of a major clash with ABC Records president Larry Newton
who had to be locked out of the studio
after getting into a heated argument with Thiele
over the song "What a Wonderful World"
In the late 1960s Thiele was often brought in to produce artists
on the company's Bluesway Records label
He produced the albums that graduated blues giant B.B. King toward the mainstream, including Lucille (1967), Live and Well (1968), and Completely Well (1969), the last biggest seller of King's career to that point.
He also produced BluesWay recordings
by John Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker, and others
After seven years with ABC Records, the parent of Impulse!
Thiele formed his own company Flying Dutchman Productions in 1968
Thiele later formed his own record label Flying Dutchman Records
which is now part of Sony Music Entertainment
Thiele remained active in the music business until the end
including the co-writing of the song "You"
which was recorded by Bonnie Raitt
and appeared on her 1994 album Longing in Their Hearts