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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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P.s. I'm Ava Estrada if Abraham reads this leave a comment I write songs too
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I love you Selena you inspire the world R.I.P
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Can't wait to see you in paradise Jehovah will resurrect you
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I truly believe that your are by far the best singer ever in our Texas Tejano music!!!! U r the Queen����❤️� � we miss u!!!
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I was born in '92 so i barely got to know her music while she was alive. My mother kept her alive in our house. she would play her songs often & just like my mom i have loved her music. My mom was such a fan she dressed like her and put her make up on like her. I
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Selena you are the best !!! I am so sad that your not here with us
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I. Love yuor songs
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❤we love you so much Selena u will always be in our hearts❤!!
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An everlasting queen.
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SELENA I ❤U AND I MISS U. U R ALWAYS IN MY ❤. I WILL NEVER FORGET U. I ❤ YOUR SONGS. THEY WILL NEVER GET OLD FOR ME AND THAT IS A FACT
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you will always live in our hearts forever Selena
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No hay nadie que Cante. tan bien Como ella
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ladigiovanna
Selena is my favorite singer.
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Wish she was still here.
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I love Selena always have And I always Will #SelenaSiemp r e
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selena is an idol and shes like a model and beautiful sexy dance performer I will love her forever and always ..her voice music and her kindness and caring and most of all her loving
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SELENA VIVE!!
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In love with her songs!!<333
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And 20 years later here we are! A great singer and role model!
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long live selena rest in peace
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POR SIEMPRE
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SELENA VIVE
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I love you so much rest and peace
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I love you selena with all my hart ����
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Selean
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i love you Selena i meses you
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torresmarie1 9 7 3
Selena you are dearly missed but never forgotten we lovee you!!!!!:))
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Selena we will always Miss you
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I love you selena i will never forget you
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Selena we are never going to forget you. We are allways thinking of you ��������
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Selena due amount much love my best singer ever
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Birthday tomorrow and I'm not going to bed
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Selena we love you so much ������������
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Last but not least i Love you Selena siempre víveras en mi corazón :)33:)
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Love Her music. I can't wait to go to the "Fiesta de La Flor" in Corpus Christi!!! She will never be forgotten. May her music live on forever.����
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alvarezblanc a 1 7 7 1
I love selena and los dinos
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betsymendoza l o v e 6 2 0
I lov u selena u will always be in my heart u will never be forgotten anybody's life u will always be in everybody's life FOREVER SELENA QUINTALLIA I LOVE U ������������ rest in peace
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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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YOLONDA deserves prison for what she did to SELENA
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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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