One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded: “What a Difference a Day Makes” by Dinah Washington!!!

For as long as I’ve been on the radio, and definitely for as long as I’ve been writing a blog, I will occasionally make a reference to a song being “One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded!” (GSER)

I would usually follow that by saying that I would eventually start a category for it, but then never get around to it.

Well, now I’m getting around to it!

It will pretty much follow the pattern of The Most Awesomest Song of the Day.

I’ll select a song to celebrate and then give my thoughts about it. Nothing really brand new here that hasn’t been done before. But since I have a website, I can collect them and lay out what my own greatest songs are.

I have always done two “Semi-Annual Theme Attic Hall of Fame Shows” a year on my Monday night show, “Prime Time Theme Attic.” (Monday nights 8PM-10PM ET when it returns.)

Here’s the link for when that day comes: )

Even though I always emphasize new music and artists, it’s always fun to take a short drive through the legendary artists, since they influenced those other artists!

But a song doesn’t have to be old or done by a legendary Theme Attic Hall of Fame member to be thus honored.

I can think of several songs that are only a few years old or less that I could identify as One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded.

On days that I spotlight a greatest song, it will take the place of The Most Awesomest Song of the Day.

This will be fun, and hopefully you will join me on my journey…at least sometimes!


Mostly because of her perfect enunciation, Dinah Washington  [Hall of Fame] has one of  the most distinctive voices in music.

“What a Difference a Day Makes” does not sound right to me if she’s not singing it.

There’s always something to learn whenever you do some research about something, and I learned that “What a Difference” started out as a Spanish song in 1934, written by Mexican songwriter, Maria Grever!

American songwriter and lyricist Stanley Adams, who’s in the Songwriters Hall of Fame  for the many songs that he wrote with Fats Waller, Hoagy Carmichael, and many others, wrote the lyrics for the song we know today!

My favorite part of the song is-well, everything!

The string arrangement is so wonderful!

The muted brushes on the drums are outstanding!

And when the beautiful melody, string arrangement, background vocals, and Dinah Washington all come together, it truly is a blissful moment!

I like to think that if there is a string section in heaven, it sounds like the one on this song!

Ladies and Gentleman, I present to you One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded: “What a Difference a Day Makes” by Dinah Washington!!!


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