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Selena Quintanilla was one of the most celebrated Mexican-American entertainers of the late 20th century, and was hailed as the Queen of Tejano music. She was a notable proponent of Latin American music. She was a singer, songwriter, spokesperson, model, actress, and fashion designer.
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Key Facts & Information
- Selena Quintanilla’s birthday was on April 16, 1971.
- Selena was born in Lake Jackson, Texas.
- Selena’s mother descended from Cherokee ancestors, one of the indigenous people of the Southeastern Woodlands of the United States.
- Her mother’s name was Marcella Ofelia-Quintanilla.
- Selena’s father was Mexican American, and a former musician as well.
- He was Abraham Quintanilla Jr.
- In terms of spirituality, Selena’s family raised her as a Jehovah’s Witness.
- As early as the age of six, Abraham noticed young Selena’s musical talent.
- In 1981, Abraham opened a Texas-Mexican restaurant where Selena and her siblings, Abraham III and Suzette, would perform.
- Unfortunately, the restaurant was forced to shut down due to the recession caused by the 1980’s oil glut.
- The Quintanilla family went bankrupt and was evicted from their home, so they moved to Corpus Christi, Texas.
EARLY CAREER AND EDUCATION
- Abraham formed and managed a family band Selena y Los Dinos (Selena and the guys), which was a Tejano band.
- Tejano music is also known as “Tex-Mex or Texan-Mexican” music, and also música tejana.
- Tejano music is the popular music that originated from Mexican-American populations of Central and Southern Texas, just like the Quintanilla family.
- The first gigs of the band included playing on street corners, weddings, quinceañeras, and fairs.
- Selena was already out of school by eighth grade. Abraham had to pull her from school as the demand for her music career interfered with her school schedule.
- Abraham’s decision raised concern from Selena’s teachers. One of them, Marilyn Greer, threatened to report Abraham to the Texas Board of Education.
- Selena earned a high school diploma at the age of seventeen, from the American School of Correspondence in Chicago.
- Selena took a course of Business Administration at Pacific Western University.
MID-CAREER AND PERSONAL LIFE
- The band’s first tour bus was an old bus restored by their father, named “Big Bertha.”
- Selena’s first LP record called “Selena y Los Dinos” was recorded in 1984 under the record label of Freddie Records.
- Selena wanted to record songs in English, but Abraham suggested that she should sing songs close to their identity. Hence, she recorded Tejano music compositions.
- Selena wasn’t used to singing in Spanish, so her father helped her to sing while recording her first LP.
- Her first appearance on mainstream media happened in 1985, as she guested on the Johnny Canales Show, a popular Spanish radio program, in order to promote her album.
- Eventually, Selena was discovered by Rick Trevino, founder of the Tejano Music Awards.
- In 1987, she won the Tejano Music Awards as the Female Vocalist of the Year, and won for nine consecutive years.
- Selena’s success was considered revolutionary, since Tejano music was a genre dominated by men, and her band was often turned down in Mexican venues for having a female vocalist.
- Selena was signed to EMI Latin Records in 1989.
- “Selena,” her first self-titled album, was released on October 17, 1989.
- Selena’s brother became his principal record producer.
- Her first self-titled album peaked at number seven on the U.S. Billboard Regional Mexican Albums chart.
- Coca-Cola also signed Selena as their spokesperson in Texas, and produced advertisements featuring her.
- Chriz Peréz, the band’s new guitarist, developed romantic feelings for Selena, despite having a girlfriend.
- However, Selena and Perez still became a couple, but chose to hide their relationship from Abraham.
- Ven Conmigo, Selena’s second album, was released in September 1990, which featured one of her most successful singles “Baila Esta Cumbia.”
- In 1992, Abraham found out about Selena and Perez and decided to stop their relationship.
- Abraham despised and fired Perez. However, the couple decided to elope on April 2, 1992.
- Selena released her third album after a month of elopement. “Entre a Mi Mundo” was her most critically acclaimed album. It lasted number eight on the charts for several months.
- Yolanda Saldivar, a registered nurse, was appointed to be the head of Selena’s fan club.
- Yolanda had a sinister plan in her mind: she used the fan club to accept payments and forge checks from other fans.
- On March 31, 1995, Selena and Saldivar met at a hotel room in Corpus Christi, Texas.
- Selena demanded financial records from Saldivar, but Saldivar shot Selena with a gun.
- Saldivar was cornered by police and was sentenced to life.
- Selena was buried on April 3, 1995 at Seaside Memorial Park in Corpus Christi, Texas.
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- Selena Quintanilla Facts
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