What a Diff'rence a Day Made

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For the Dinah Washington album, see What a Diff'rence a Day Makes! For the Cory Lee album, see What a Difference a Day Makes (album). For the Grey's Anatomy episode, see What a Difference a Day Makes (Grey's Anatomy).
"What a Diff'rence a Day Makes"
Single by Dinah Washington
from the album What a Diff'rence a Day Makes!
B-side "Come On Home"
Released 1959
Recorded 1959
Genre Pop
Length 2:31
Label Mercury Records
Writer(s) Stanley Adams
María Méndez Grever[1]
Dinah Washington singles chronology
"Make Me a Present of You"
"What a Diff'rence a Day Makes"

"What a Diff'rence a Day Made" is a popular song originally written in Spanish by María Grever, a Mexican songwriter, in 1934. Originally, the song was known as “Cuando vuelva a tu lado” ("When I Return to Your Side"). The song is also known in English as “What a Diff'rence a Day Makes”, as popularized by Dinah Washington.[2]

Song information[edit]

The English lyrics were written by Stanley Adams, and was played by Harry Roy & his Orchestra. It was published in late 1934. The most successful early recording, in 1934, was by the Dorsey Brothers, although it was first recorded in English by Cleveland crooner Jimmie Ague.[1]

Dinah Washington won a Grammy Award in 1959 for Best Rhythm and Blues Performance with this song. Her version was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998.[3] It also earned her first top ten Pop hit, reaching #8 on the Billboard Hot 100.[4]


Chart (1959) Peak
US Billboard Top Pop Songs 8
US Billboard Hot Rhythm&Blues Songs 1


Andy Russell, a Mexican-American singer, recorded a bilingual version of the song in 1944 (Capitol #167, paired with "Don't You Notice Anything New?") which reached #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[5]

Vaughn Monroe's 1955 version reached #60 in the US Music Vendor survey.

Bobby Darin's version of the song is on his album Winners released in 1964, although he recorded it in 1960.[6]

Dean Martin covered it in his album Dino Latino in 1962.

Little Anthony and the Imperials about 1962,

Ben E. King covered the song on his album Ben E. King Sings for Soulful Lovers in 1962.

Lonnie Johnson covered the song on his album Losing Game.

It was recorded by Diana Ross in 1972, but not released until thirty-four years later when her Blue album was discovered in the Motown vaults and released in 2006.

In 1975, Esther Phillips recorded a disco version which reached number two on the disco charts.[7]

An instrumental version featuring keyboardist Clare Fischer on piano with strings arranged by Jorge Calandrelli was recorded by Etore Stratta and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on their 1993 album Symphonic Boleros.

Natalie Cole recorded the song on her 1996 album Stardust, and later in 2013 a Spanish-English version was included as an iTunes bonus track of her album Natalie Cole en Español.

Barry Manilow recorded the song on his 2006 album The Greatest Songs of the Fifties.

In 2007 R&B/Dance singer Deborah Cox recorded the song for her album Destination Moon. Also in 2007, former Kiss drummer, Peter Criss, covered the song on his album One for All.

China Moses covered the song with Raphael Lemonnier in 2009 in their album This One's for Dinah in 2009.[8]

Deana Martin recorded “What a Difference a Day Made” on her 2009 album “Volare.”

Rod Stewart - Fly Me to the Moon... The Great American Songbook - Volume V (2010)

Julie Dawn and Roy Marsh and His Swingtette released a version of the track paired with "I am Going to Love That Guy" (this track bringing together Julie Dawn and Frank Deniz and His Spirits of Rhythm). The exact release date unknown at the moment (Decca 8034 Matrix numbers I 1320 and I 1322).

Other artists who covered the song include Sarah Vaughan, Renee Olstead, Aretha Franklin on her 1964 album, Unforgettable: A Tribute to Dinah Washington, Eydie Gorme on her 1964 album, Freddy Fender recorded a version for his 1976 LP If You're Ever in Texas, Eydie Gorme canta en Español con Los Panchos, Bobby Lewis (released on the single “Ace of Hearts 7622” in 1977), Cher performs the song in The Cher Show, Luis Miguel on his 1991 album Romance and Jamie Cullum on his 2003 album, Twentysomething, and Gloria Estefan on her 2013 album, The Standards.

Use in media[edit]

The song, as performed by Dinah Washington, is used in the soundtrack of the following films:

The song, as performed by Dinah Washington, is used in the following TV show episodes:

The song is used in the following TV advert:

  • HSBC UK Mortgages (2015) [10]


  1. ^ Ascap entry for song ASCAP, accessed January 9, 2011
  2. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 17 - The Soul Reformation: More on the evolution of rhythm and blues. [Part 3]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. Digital.library.unt.edu. 
  3. ^ Grammy Hall of Fame
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 611. 
  5. ^ "What a Difference a Day Made". BobbyDarin.com. Retrieved 2014-09-09. 
  6. ^ "What a Difference a Day Made". BobbyDarin.com. 1960-02-02. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 202. 
  8. ^ "Artist: China Moses & Raphael Lemonnier". Second Hand Songs. 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2013-06-10. 
  9. ^ "Scrubs Good Day, Bad Days". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-06-10. 
  10. ^ "HSBC Mortgages - Invitation TV Ad". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-04-12.