|The song What a Difference a Day Made was originally written in Spanish by Maria Grever, a Mexican composer. Written in 1934, the song also goes by the title “What a Difference a Day Makes”. Published in late 1934, the mot succesfull early recording of the song was by the Dorsey Brothers. Many artists have had success with the song over the years including Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaugh and Aretha Franklin. I’ve listed soem of my favourite versions below.|
|Guitar Chord Progression Analysis|
|i tend to play this song with a Bossa Nova Rhythm. Bossa rhythms are great to play on the guitar and this is something I cover in my Beyond Tabs guitar course which you can streamed directly from the forum. Just as in swing songs or songs where you are picking through the chord changes, always aim to to achieve nice voice leading in your chord progression arrangements as this will make the music sound more interesting. If you think this sounds beyond you, come and join the guitar course and well see if we can help you out.|
Album -The Definitive Dinah Washington
This was a hit for Dinah Washington in the 50’s, great soleful version
Album – The Complete Folkway Recordings
Lonnie Johnson was one of the pioneers of jazz guitar and one of the first players to play single line solos. This is where it all started !
Album – Django in Rome 1949/50
A classic version from another jazz pioneer. The jazz violin on this recording is superb. Not an instrument we here playing jazz often enough
Album – Jazz to Soul
Lovely slow soleful version. I love trawling through these old recordings, getting a feel for all the different ways the individual artists approach playing a song. Finding your own voice is something I cover in the online guitar course and it’s something we should all strive for. Aretha Franklin has certainly nailed it !
|Which artist’s version of What A Difference A Day Made would you recommend? Tell me about it and I can feature it here|