"SOMETHING WONDERFUL" by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, II comes from the 1951 Broadway Musical, "The King And I", which actually became more popular as a film when it was released in 1956. The song was first sung in the original Broadway production by Dorothy Sarnoff, who played Lady Thiang. Later, in the film adaptation starring Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner it was sung by Terry Saunders as Lady Thiang. In the show, Lady Thiang, the King's head wife, sings this song to Anna Leonowens to persuade her to accept the King for what he is, despite his faults. In a sense, these lyrics have echoes of the song "What's the Use of Wond'rin'" from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel, which also deals with the issue of women standing by their husbands despite all their faults. Musically, the heavy chords that punctuate the accompaniment bear some resemblance to the song Climb Ev'ry Mountain from The Sound of Music. This is notable because both songs are inspirational and sung by the "earth-mother" characters, who have similar singing voices. Both songs are also the last songs heard in their respective shows, even though this song is played as an instrumental to underscore the final scene of the King at his deathbed.
Whether you select the Original Broadway Cast Album or the movie soundtrack or just some random recordings makes no difference; almost every version of this song recorded is a memorable experience. Here a just a few for you to compare.
Doris Day has recorded it twice. Once, when it came out in the early 50's. But she gave it a richer treatment on her 1960 album, "What Every Girl Should Know".