Pedro Via Y Su Orquesta - Victor 32361 (1934)

It's always nice to add to my collection of early Cuban and Puerto Rican 78s...although I've yet to find a single Puerto Rican one. Still though, hope springs eternal.

Here are some of my other Cuban 78s.

Not finding much information on Pedro Via but I am finding mentions of Jose 'Chiquito' Socarrás...not sure if he was related to the famous Alberto Socarrás, the famed Cuban that recorded with Clarence Williams jazz bands.

From wikipedia...

"What a Diff'rence a Day Makes" 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.

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.

Recorded in Ney York on December 10, 1934.


  1. Great song I loved it nice rendition of cuando vuerva a tu lado thank you for this

  2. Thanks for this! Had been looking for the original version of What A Diff'rence A Day Made and couldn't find it anywhere else :)

  3. This was recorded in NYC not Havana. There was little recording I know of in Cuba from 1931 to about 1937.
    Also Via had engagements in NYC at this time (of course that would not preclude a trip to Havana).
    Terrific version