Monday, 20 July 2009

Dinah Washington.

What a diff'rence a day made
Twenty-four little hours
Brought the sun and the flowers
Where there used to be rain
My yesterday was blue, dear
Today I'm part of you, dear
My lonely nights are through, dear
(Since you said you were mine)
What a diff'rence a day makes
There's a rainbow before me
Skies above can't be stormy
Since that moment of bliss, that thrilling kiss
(It's heaven when you find romance on your menu)
What a diff'rence a day made
And the difference is you
~ What A Diff'rence A Day Make.
WKW's Chungking Express (重慶森林-1994) introduced me to the late Dinah Washington (August 29, 1924 – December 14, 1963). Also known as the "Queen of the Blues", Washington was famous for her rendition of "torch songs", i.e. songs about unrequited love. She died young at the age of 39, although by around that time, she had become one of the most influential singers of that period, and was credited to be one of the major influence on another queen, Aretha Franklin. "What a Difference a Day Made" was originally written in Spanish by Mexican composer María Méndez Grever in 1934, and originally known as Cuando Vuelva A Tu Lado. Stanley Adams wrote the English version and was made famous by Harry Roy & his Orchestra, in Bolero style. However, it was Washington's version which is the signature version and won her a Grammy in 1959 for Best R&B Performance, as well as her first Top Ten hit.

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