María Grever (real name María Joaquina de la Portilla Torres) was honored with a Google Doodle Thursday (Feb. 11) in celebration of her song “Ti-Pi-Tin,” which was released on this day 83 years ago.
The doodle shows a colorful sketch of Grever, wearing a green blouse and gold accessories, over a curved music staff with musical notes. “Google” is written in a green vintage font. “Thanks for all the music María Grever; it continues to strike a chord with listeners around the world today!” noted Google.
Dubbed as “Mujer de las Américas,” the late Grever was the first female Mexican composer to achieve international praise. Penning over 800 songs, most of them boleros, Grever’s lyrics have been performed by various artists including Plácido Domingo, Aretha Franklin, and Frank Sinatra, to name a few.
She’s best known for composing the 1934 hit “What A Difference a Day Makes,” popularized by renowned jazz artist Dinah Washington and which won a Grammy in 1959. “Ti-Pi-Tin,” celebrated by Google today, was released in 1938 and was performed by popular harmony group The Andrews Sisters.
Grever was born in 1885 to a Spanish father and Mexican mother in León, Guanajuato, México. At a young age, she moved to Seville, Spain, where she learned English, French, and music. In her adult years, she moved to New York, where she later became a film composer for Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox studios.
Some of her notable works include “Júrame,” “Volveré,” “Cuando Vuelva a Tu Lado,” “Tu, Tú y Tú,” “Para Qué Recordar,” and “Alma Mia,” to name a few timeless hits.