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Selena Y Los Dinos

The tragic shooting death of Tejano singer Selena spawned a reaction within the Latino community that can be compared to the reactions to the deaths of Elvis Presley and John Lennon. An enormously popular singer in Latino communities across North America, her music crossed cultural boundaries to touch the lives of young and old alike. A flamboyant, sexy stage performer sometimes hailed as the Latina Madonna, Selena was nonetheless considered a role model for off-stage she was family oriented, active in anti-drug campaigns and AIDS awareness programs.

She was born Selena Quintanilla to Mexican-American parents in Lake Jackson, TX. Before her birth, her father Abraham had been a member of los Dinos. When Selena began performing at the age of ten, her father became her manager and los Dinos became her backing band. In 1983, she made her recording debut after appearing on the popular radio show of L.A. deejay Johnnie Canales. While Selena grew up understanding Spanish, English was her first language. Her first records were recorded in Spanish, and she sang the words phonetically. After her music began to catch on, she began learning Spanish formally and by the time of her death, she was fluent in the language.

In 1987, she was named Female Vocalist of the Year and Performer of the Year at the Tejano Music Awards. Two years later she signed with EMI Latin and in 1990, she and los Dinos released their eponymous debut album. Later that year she released a singles compilation, Personal Best, and she also released Ven Conmigo. In 1991 the title track of the latter became the first Tejano record to go gold. Selena also released two more albums, including one of cumbia music, Baila Esta Cumbia that year. Selena married Los Dinos' lead guitarist Chris Perez in April of 1992. Other group members included her brother, Abraham Quintanilla, III, who played bass and penned many of her songs, and her sister Suzette, the drummer. She won her first Grammy in 1993 for Best Mexican American Performance for her album Selena Live. That same year, she released an album of love songs, Quiero, and she also opened Selena Etc, a clothing manufacturing business. In 1994, she made her feature-film debut in Don Juan DeMarco, in which she played a singer. Later that year, she and her band embarked upon a tour of New York, L.A., Argentina, and Puerto Rico. Amor Prohibido was released in 1994; the record's title track won a Grammy and went gold. In 1995, Selena began preparing to make her breakthrough into the American pop mainstream.

In the spring of that year she was working on her first English-language album, when she went to a motel room in Corpus Christi, TX, to fire 34-year-old Yolanda Saldivar, the woman who managed Selena's boutique in San Antonio, and the founder of the Selena fan club. A few days before the confrontation, Selena's father had unearthed paperwork proving that Saldivar had been embezzling from the fan club. Saldivar and Selena argued and as the singer left, she was shot in the back. Selena didn't die right away and managed to stagger into the lobby where she named Saldivar as the killer. An hour later, Selena died in a local hospital.

It was a death that rocked the entire Latino music industry. Saldivar was convicted for the murder of Selena in November, 1995 and sentenced to at least 30 years in prison.

A special service was held in the Los Angeles Coliseum where she was to give a concert. Less than a month later, Texas governor George W. Bush declared April 16, "Selena Day," in her honor. Dreaming of You, her final album, was released posthumously in the early summer. It became the first Tejano album to reach number one in America and was double platinum by the end of the year. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
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constantino. m e d i n a 7
God bless Selena you will always be in our hearts Selena was a very good friend of mine and god bless you Selena
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Me and my cousin love you she loves you so much my cousin and when ever were at a party she's like daddy candidate you put a Selena song on and she sings it she wants the outfit of you the purple one and she wants her birthday to be Selena and she's been begging to see you but then she got so sad when you had died and every morning she's always like let's play Selena you lose Dinos and I say ok and she says I Selena and she has this poster of you she hanged it on the wall we love you selena?
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Selena you came through to me spirit and I thank you. I'm glad you chose me. Your legend lives on sweet girl. I'm glad they threw the ring Yolanda had given you that you had clutched in your hand as you died. It was a beautiful ring but given to you by your murderer. You look so sad and shocked as you lay to rest. I'll never get that expression out of my head. The look of fear and shock. Poor baby you went through misery your final moments..but I know you rest in peace. Xo
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mnayomic
Selena you are the best and such a great inspiration i always just wonder why it had to be you������
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If it wasn't for Yolanda Selena would not be dead



F**k Yolanda she better be in hell
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sdskelley4
she was good to us to us and I hope you. Have however. She. Was. , Kerry Rivera
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I want April to come on the 16th of April is Selena day
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R.i.p. Selena you are in our hearts ............ . . . . . . . . God took you to a better place
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Selena was born in 1971 and was killed in 1975 the year my mom was born
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I watched her movie it's so sad that she was killed by her fan club present
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R.i.p selena... you live in our hearts forever ... I love you so much... why did it have to be you:( but now your with all of the angels up above :) love all your songs your my idol
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God bless selena
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Omg! I remember hearing the news on the TV. Then,I heard it on the radio. Me,my primo,family and friends were crying. That was the most saddest day ever for millions of people. We all miss her so very much. ������������
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sdskelley4
Kerry. Rivera Fernandez I. Love that to Selena. Songs
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Miss u so much Selena
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Selena we miss you!!! I really love her songs but she died a few years before I was born it's so sad because I watched her movie and she wanted a family and she never got to R.I.P Selena you live in our hearts forever
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Miss you Selena������
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Selena Quintanilla Is got get to get you
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MichelleRodr i g u e z Stand class Texas
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i still ask myself why her,
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i miss you sooooo much
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I love you so much������
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Saw u and played with you at Washington Park in El Paso ! Love Your Musica!!
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mcneeceam
1. besar su mano izquierda

2. decir su nombre aplasta

3.cerrar la mano

4. decir que un día escolar

5. Di tu nombre

6.Publicar esto en otros 5 canciones y su aplastar le pedirá a cabo en ese día tienes 2 horas para completar
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mcneeceam
1. besar su mano izquierda
2. decir su nombre aplasta
3.cerrar la mano
4. decir que un día escolar
5. Di tu nombre
6.Publicar esto en otros 5 canciones y su aplastar le pedirá a cabo en ese día tienes 2 horas para completar
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mcneeceam
1. besar su mano izquierda
2. decir su nombre aplasta
3.cerrar la mano
4. decir que un día escolar
5. Di tu nombre
6.Publicar esto en otros 5 canciones y su aplastar le pedirá a cabo en ese día tienes 2 horas para completar
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MichelleRodr i g u e z
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Tecno cumvia ,el chico del apartamento 5 12 Amor proivido ,como la flor ,carcacha ,que creias entre otras como llore cuando la mato es vija gorda cerda
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Yo se que un dia tu bolberas
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Todo Bein. Selena we. I love you
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To Chris Perez
I love ur book To Selena with Love. I can't tell u how many times I've read it. You need to follow up with a another book soon. Thank you and keep up the great work u do MUSIC
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Selena I listen to ur music every single day. Not a day goes by that I don't listen. Even when I'm sleeping in listening with my headset. U died so young n ur missed dearly. May ur family be blessed n always be proud of u and Wat you've accomplished in ur short life cut short. Marcella and Abraham thank you for sharing ur daughter to me and the world. To Chris Perez dude ur the greatest husband she'll ever have in ur life. I know u miss her very very much and I know that'll never change. Thank y
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I miss you Selena
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We all love u we know Yolanda kill you by mistake I love you SELENA!!!!!�
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I miss you so much ������
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I love you selena you sooooooooooo o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o beautiful girl in the flowing to you selena I missed you sooooooooooo o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o cutting I love your voice it beautiful voice and face too ������������ � nooooooooooo o o o o o o o o o o o o o selena please come back ������������ � I'm was crying for my friend name cassie my old friends from Auction I love her ������������ � I want to date her please
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She was a amazing Artest and she will never be forgotten love you Selena ��
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I LOVE YOU SELENA
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TE AMÓ
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Me gusta tu voz pero por que tu amiga te mato todo y yo te extraño
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I love u so much selena Your are wonderful ������������
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