Listen to Ricky Riccardi's Spotify Playlist!

Knopf and Doubleday recently launched Spotify profiles featuring music playlists to accompany some of your favorite books! We recruited Ricky Riccardi, author of What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong’s Later Years, to put together some great tracks to highlight the jazz icon’s genius.

Ricky says, “In the end, I decided to eliminate all the hits…so yes, the playlist for ‘What a Wonderful World’ does not include ‘What a Wonderful World.’ ALL the hits are available on Spotify on something called ‘Louis Armstrong: The Definitive Collection.’ I purposely didn’t repeat any of the tracks on that release. Instead, I focused on songs I discussed and tried presenting Armstrong in a million scenarios: with the All Stars, live, in the studio, with strings, with guitar, with Duke Ellington, the Dukes of Dixieland, Dave Brubeck, singing in Italian, doing a Disney song, doing that German version of ‘Black and Blue’…”

If you’re already a Spotify user, click here to listen to Ricky’s playlist.

If you’re not already a Spotify user, here’s a bit about the service from their website: Think of Spotify as your new music collection. Your library. Only this time your collection is vast: over 15 million tracks and counting. Spotify comes in all shapes and size, available for your PC, Mac, home audio system and cell phone. Wherever you go, your music follows you. And because the music plays live, there’s no need to wait for downloads and no big dent in your hard drive.

So download the free app and start listening!