Google Doodle celebrates on 11 February María Grever, the Mexican singer and songwriter considered one of the greatest composers in the country It was on this day in 1938 that Grever recorded “Ti-Pi-Tin”, which became one of her greatest hits

She was born at the end of the 19th María Joaquina de la Portilla Torres was born in León, Central Mexico, in the early 1900s. Her mother was Mexican and her father was Spanish As a child, she moved to Seville, Spain, where she studied English, French and music

Grever’s musical talent became evident at an early age. According to the New York Times, she is said to have composed a Christmas carol for her school at the age of four, an achievement that convinced her father to hire composers Claude Debussy and Franz Lehár as tutors

As a child, Grever loved performing, and told The Brooklyn Daily Eagle in 1947, “I used to play. I wrapped myself in my mother’s veil and recited things. There were always tragedies. I was an orphan left lonely by the sea “

The musician traveled with her family through Europe before returning to Mexico. Her sister later married an American whose best man was Leo A Grever, an executive of an oil company. María and Grever were married four days after their sister’s wedding

Her first record “A Una Ola” or “To a Wave” was released in 1912 and sold millions of copies It was covered by numerous singers. Her later songs were covered by artists such as Placido Domingo, Aretha Franklin and Frank Sinatra

The composer moved to New York in 1916, where she composed music for films and worked for Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox. Grever continued to create music that combined folk rhythms with styles such as tango

Her greatest hits include “Júrame” or “Promise, Love” (1926) and “What a Difference a Day Makes” (originally “Cuando Vuelva a Tu Lado”) from 1934. Dinah Washington won a Grammy for 1959 their version of “What a Difference a Day Makes” “

Grever is said to have composed hundreds of songs and worked tirelessly, telling The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, “My family once insisted that I rest I tried I stayed in bed Then my blood pressure rose The doctor said: “Let her get up and work and she’ll be fine ‘”

In 1952, Grever was named the Woman of America by the Union of Women of the Americas in recognition of her contribution to music

Google Doodle says, “Thanks for all the music, María Grever; it’s still popular with listeners all over the world today!”

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María Grever

World news – CA – The Mexican composer María Grever celebrated in today’s Google Doodle