The first female Mexican composer to achieve international acclaim was María Grever. She was born on 14 September 1885 in León, Guanajuato, Mexico.
She is best known for the song “What A Difference A Day Makes”, Dinah Washington popularized it, and has been covered by several musicians.
She was 66 years old.
In Latin America, Europe, and the United States, Grever wrote more than 800 songs, most of them boleros, and her success reached audiences.
It was said that she had a great pitch and that she composed most of her songs in one key. When she was four years old, her first piece of music, a Christmas carol, was written.
When she was 18 years old, she wrote her first single, “A Una Ola” (To a Wave), and it sold three million copies. She started working for Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox studios as a film composer in 1920. Her principal musical partners included Stanley Adams and Irving Caesar when she joined ASCAP in 1935.
Google Doodle Celebrates
Google celebrated her with a Google Doodle on February 11, 2021.
On Thursday, Google dedicated a Doodle to Grever to celebrate her contribution to music, to mark the 83rd anniversary of her release of the hit song Ti-Pi-Tin, a waltz about serenading a loved one.
Today’s artist has posted some early drafts of the María Grever Doodle over on the Google Doodle blog, providing some fascinating insights into the artistic process.