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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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hec24gf
Rest In Peace Beautiful much love ❤️
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I've cried so much for Selena as we all have. I will miss her all my life.. She is still such a big part of my life. God bless the Quintanilla family and Chris Perez.
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I love selena's song I COULD FALL IN LOVE.
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Wherever your at.God Bless You Selena, You will always be remember in your music and your family.
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nirene73
Sadly missed and much loved. May she be with our Creator. K siempre viva su musica. Ahua!!
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I love you so much
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Im doing a dance on a song of Selena ������������
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gigid78
YOLONDA deserves prison for what she did to SELENA
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gigid78
SELENA is me cortisone p.s. this is gigi's son
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Great Selena RIP❤ we miss you!
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I can't wait for fiesta de la flor
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jessalynrome r o 5 5 9
i miss her sooo much i love her when i was little and i still love her :)
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My fave songs of her is is la quieres and una vez
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gianettef
Amazing singer/perfo r m e r , Love all her songs...than k s Salena! Rest in heavenly peace, Aloha��
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afernandez78 7 5 4
How does not like selna cus I will be very mad
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I love selena songs dreaming of you
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i luv her old not popular songs
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She might be gone but no one has not forgotten the legend of selena i still love you selena❤��
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Your the one the ������������ � amo con mi �� I wish you can come back I love you and your brother is the best and zuzi
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reyesnorma77
Amor I love u.....babe
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It brings me good memories of when i was little
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Gone but not forgotten. ����
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Rest In Peace, believng you are in a more rightouesnes s HEAVEN.
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Shes lives in my soul n heart god be wit her.she is still my best friene.alway s .
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"anything for Selenas"
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ggidnoggy
Selena lives in everyone's corazon
Mi amor
We love n miss you mucho ❤����
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sooooo sad
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frisky1415
Forever a great , talented, beautiful and smart women. A very big influence on many people. Always pursue what you dream. The impossible is always possible Love you Sel
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Selena the and family me flavio Mendez music songs
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Las canciones que me hacen soñar ♪
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nhess594
Beautful
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elisa.pichar d o
Never forget Selena. Great person and artist.
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A True Star
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Balloono_o it's not boring it's sad bc she died at a young age and everyone loved Selena u make me sick to my stomach
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SELENA WILL ALWAYS BE IN HEART FOREVER AND EVER ALL THE TIME
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I Lov u so much Selena u are my favorite singer u will always be in my heart I remember when I went to your grave and went to your house and I saw your car and all your costumes I Lov u so much and I have the book your husband wrote for u
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still rockin Selena! prolly the 1 reason i didnt mind people mistaking me for a Mexican lol
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my idol as a kid
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andrewt536
*Cough cough* boring.
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Selena , tu es mi Corazon <3
(: !
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shes my favorite singer i love her shes in my heart i'l never forgive her
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When I was kid
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I love this Selena than Selena gomaz she is not good as Selena y Los dinos
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Nunca vas acer forgoten ;(
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Siempre vas astar en los corazón ;(
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My favorite Singer of all times!! ♥♥♡♡
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<<•>,<•>,> ♥♥♥♥♥
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RIP Selena, you will always be in our
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mayaespeseth
Selena te amor ALWAYS remember FOREVER
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