Selena Death Photos Biography
Selena was born in Lake Jackson, Texas, a suburb of Houston, to Abraham Quintanilla Jr. and Marcella Quintanilla. Abraham opened a Mexican restaurant, Papagayo, in Lake Jackson. Selena was 9-years-old when her father discovered her talent for singing. He formed a band consisting of Selena on vocals, her brother A.B. Quintanilla on bass, and her sister Suzette Quintañilla on drums. The group, called Los Dinos after a band Abraham was a member of in the 1950s and 1960s, frequently performed at the restaurant. In 1981, the family moved to Corpus Christi where Abraham started booking his band out for weddings and parties. This became their way of life. Selena and Los Dinos' big break came in 1987, when the then-15-year-old Selena won the Tejano Music Award for Female Entertainer of the Year. That award led Selena to a major record label contract with Capitol Records and six very successful albums. By 1992, Selena had branched out and launched her clothing line and married her guitarist, Chris Perez. In 1994, she was nominated and won her first Grammy for Best Mexican-American album, "Selena Live!" That same year, she opened her first boutique in Corpus Christi, Texas. Then, on March 31, 1995, Selena was murdered by Yolanda Saldivar, her friend and president of her fan club.
Following the weeks after Selena's death, "People" magazine released a commemorative issue covering Selena's death, one in English and the other in Spanish. Within a matter of days after it first appeared on the newsstand, the Spanish-language edition sold out everyhwere, that "People" had to go into 6 more reprint sessions. The mass hysteria for Selena memorabilia was so intense, that after six successful reprints of the Spanish-issue, "People" decided to release a Spanish-language edition of their magazine, "People en Espanol" which became a popular selling magazine.
She was working on her first English album at the time she was killed. She was due in the studio the day of the murder.
Attended Oran M. Roberts Elementary School.
Attended West Oso Junior High in Corpus Christi, Texas until she was 13.
Her marriage took place in Nueces County Court where they were married by the Justice of Peace, Ben Ciarza Jr.
She was born in Freeport Community Hospital in Brazosport, Texas.
Took correspondence classes at American School in Chicago. Graduated with a GED.
Served as the spokesperson for Coca-Cola, bep corporation (Agree Shampoo), AT&T (phone service), and Southwestern Bell (call notes voice-mail system).
Was the first Tejano artist to make Billboard's Latin Top 200 List of All Time Best Selling Records.
Weighed 5 1bs. and 10 1/2oz. at birth.
Before her death, Selena and Chris were planning to renew their vows on their 5th anniversary since they didn't have a real wedding.
Her favorite restaurant was Olive Garden. She once paid a tab in a restaurant for an old woman who was dining alone. She felt sorry for the woman and gave her cake to take home.
Her primary language was English, but later learned Spanish.
Had 5 dogs: a husky, a black pomeranian named Pebbles, two mastiffs named Winny and Taylor, and two miniature pinchers named Julia and Andre. She also shared a pet snake with Chris.
She was known as the Queen of Tejano Music.
Yolanda Saldivar, her murderer, always maintained the shooting was accidental. Nevertheless on October 23, 1995 she was found guilty of first- degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.
While growing up, she had a chicken named April.
Took college correspondance courses at Pacific Western University in California.
Was in the process of building a new home containing 10 bedrooms to be located in the lush "King Estates" south of Corpus Christi, overlooking Oso Creek near Corpus Christi Botanic Garden.
Her funeral took place on April 3, 1995 at the Bayfront Plaza Convention Center, a day after it would have been her third anniversary of her marriage to Chris.
After her death, a public viewing took place in Bayfront Plaza Convention, where over 30,000-50,000 mourners attended to pay their respects for the late Tejano star.
Is buried at the Seaside Memorial Park next to a Mesquite tree.
Her first car, a BMW, was stolen and dumped into the ocean.
Loved tobogganing, parasailing, and motorcycle riding.
Was one of the three women featured in an article in "Texas Monthly" September 1994 issue titled "20 Texans You Need to Know".
Began designing clothes at age 10 or 11
Originally 13 songs were written for the album "Dreaming of You", but only 4 songs were recorded before her death.
"Dreaming of You" went multi-platinum by selling over 5,000,000 copies surpassing Mariah Carey's sales records.
Has sold approximately 20,000,000 albums in 6 years.
"Ven Conmigo" was the first Tejano album ever to go Gold.
Was named "Female Artist of The Year" for 9 years in a row, at the Tejano Music Awards.
Was the first recording artist to place five Spanish language albums simultaneously on the Billboard 200.
Her father is Mexican-American, Texas native and her mother is a Mexican- American/Cherokee Indian from Washington.
Her parents married on June 8, 1963.
Was planning to work on her next Tejano album and go on tour in later '95 before her tragic death.
Had been accepted to the Louisiana State University.
Sang at her father's restaurant "Papa Gayo's" in 1980.
7 number 1 singles: 'Buenos Amigos' which was at the top for a week, 'Dondequiera Que Estes' which was at the top for 6 weeks, 'Amor Prohibido' which topped for 9 weeks, 'Bidi Bidi Bom Bom' which topped for 4 weeks, 'No Me Queda Mas' which was number 1 for 7 weeks, 'Fotos Y Recuerdos' which was number 1 for 7 weeks, and 'Tu Solo Tu', the biggest hit of her career with 10 weeks at the top.
"Dreaming Of You" was certified 3x platinum by selling 5,000,000 copies.
In 1994, Coca Cola made a special Coke bottle in honor of Selena's 5 years with them.
Once went bungee-jumping on a dare.
The Hardrock Cafe has a Selena star on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant, she attended the opening as a celebrity in January 1995.
The song "Amor Prohibido" was based on her grandparents.
Was in the 1999 Guinness Book of Records as "Most Dominating Artist".
Was known as the Tex-Mex Madonna (without all the controversy).
Was named by Billboard Magazine 2000 as Best Selling "Latin Artist of the Decade" selling 18,000,000 albums during that time.
Was nominated for a second Grammy for her album "Amor Prohibido".
Received "Key of the City" in Houston on April 16, 1994. It was proclaimed Selena Day.
In the months following her death, more than 600 baby girls throughout south Texas were named after Selena. They will graduate from high school in the year 2013.
Watched "Soul Train" (1971) to practice new dance moves.
Loved the music of Gloria Estefan, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Luis Enrique, The Barrio Boys, Emilio, Roberto Pulido, La Mafia, Amanda Miguel, 'Rocio Durcal', and Mexican singers Maria Mendoza, 'Lola Beltran' and Lucha Villa.
As a child, she loved Donna Summer, R&B duo A Taste of Honey and rock group Air Supply.
Was a huge fan of Bonnie Raitt, Garth Brooks and Janet Jackson.
On her 1985 appearance on the Johnny Canales Show (a sort of Chicano Ed Sullivan), she asked to be interviewed in English. By the end of her life, Selena spoke the language fluently.
In April 1994, she released "Amor Prohibido", her last album. It included the hit singles, "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom", and the reworked The Pretenders' song, "Fotos y Recuerdos". In May, while promoting the album, Selena performed at Randy's Rodeo in San Antonio where, 16 years earlier, The Sex Pistols had played their second-to-last concert. "Amor Prohibido" went triple platinum by the end of the year.
In September 1994 she played Mexico City, where front-page stories proclaimed her "La Reina Tejana."
Her 1994 concert in Houston's Astrodome took place in front of 61,000 fans, the largest crowd in Tejano music history and in Astrodome history, second only to Garth Brooks. After her death, the self-designed purple jumpsuit she wore at the record-setting concert was donated to the Smithsonian.
The song 'No Me Queda Más' was written by Ricky Vela about Suzette. He has a crush on her, but she met her now husband Billy, and that's when he wrote the song.
When Marcela was pregnant with Selena, her parents were convinced they were having a boy. The name they had chosen was Marc Anthony. Selena's name was chosen when her mother's roommate had chosen that name for a girl she was gonna have, but she had a boy, thus Selena's name was born.
Her final performance was March 19, 1995 in Chicago.
Mayor of Corpus Christi proclaimed March 31, 2005, as "Selena - A Day of Remembrance" honoring the 10th anniversary of her death.
As a teenager, Selena's favorite TV show was the 80s hit "Moonlighting" (1985), which starred Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd.
In 1994 to commemorate her 5 years with the company, Coca-Cola issued special Selena coke bottles that sold out rapidly. One was and might still be displayed in the San Antonio Hard Rock Cafe with her signature on it.
In middle school Selena was asked to try out for the cheer leading squad but because of her touring with the band she didn't have time for it.
She never refused to sign an autograph.
Was the first Tejano artist ever to win a Grammy Award.
Her actual last performance was made a few days before her death for a children's charity.
Once Selena was late for an 8:00 p.m. gig at the Tejano Rodeo in Dallas because her plane was delayed by a snowstorm. When she showed up at 10:00 instead of canceling like many stars would do she walked out on stage apologizing heavily and then sang and danced all night so her fans wouldn't feel shortchanged.
Selena had an extensive Faberge egg collection. In her living room, she had big glass cabinets in which she kept more than 500 designer eggs. She had everything from gold to diamond, every size. If it looked like an egg she bought it. Her friends and family related this hobby to the fact that she was born on Easter Sunday. According to Suzette, each egg tells a story. There's one that Chris bought her a week before she died and then there's one Selena bought at Universal City in Los Angeles. All of the eggs are on display in their original cases at the Q-Production's Selena Museum. In the display case, they're arranged exactly the way they were in Selena's living room.
Selena was always writing songs. What she wrote was never put to music. She used to sit around the house and jot down lyrics impulsively in notebooks and then leave the notebooks lying all over the house causing Chris to have to go around and collect them. A.B. hinted once that the most complete set of lyrics might be put to music one day as the final Selena song.
The songs "Where Did The Feeling Go?", "Is It The Beat?" and "Only Love" were recorded a few months after Selena singed on with EMI Latin in 1989. They remained unreleased until 1996 and 1997.
Even though her English Album wasn't released until 1995, she was signed to SBK records in November of 1993 to make the album.
As a teenager, she liked to do Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown songs during her concerts.
In middle school, she was in honors classes and made As and Bs.
Had an extensive shoe and hat collection. Her closet was and still is to this day, filled with hundreds of shoes.
Pictured on one of five nondenominated USA commemorative stamps honoring Latin Music Legends, issued on 16 March 2011; price on day of issue was 44¢. The other stamps honored Tito Puente, Carmen Miranda, Carlos Gardel, and Celia Cruz.
Selena Gomez was named after her.
Stay in school, don't drink, don't do drugs, stay chaste, live good, and go to church.
The impossible is possible.
Although my Spanish is a little weak, I feel that I am Mexican and I'm proud of my roots.
I was six and a half when I started singing. I recorded my first record when I was eight and started traveling when I was nine.
If we got a hundred dollars a gig, we were like, whoa this is cool...but you have to take what you can get when you're first starting out. -on the early years of her career
Ever since I was a little girl I dreamed of having a big wedding, with a long white gown and a bouquet of flowers but my love for Chris was so strong. I couldn't wait any longer for us to be together as husband and wife. I couldn't even wear my nicest dress because that would've made my father suspicious.
One thing is that if I ever have children later on, for sure I want my children to know Spanish. It only makes you a better person or even a smarter person to know 2 languages. If that barrier is not there you can cross both lines, talk to English and Spanish people and it gets you a lot farther in business and personal communication. - on Spanish
I think I'm very a kindhearted person. Um, I don't like to hurt people's feelings. If I do, it's not intentionally. I'm sincere and very honest. And I feel that nowadays a lot of people have lost that, but I think that starts in the home. My parents have taught me that. Being fair with people.
I miss going to school and having friends; that's normal for anyone my age. I had a very boring childhood because I never had the opportunity to associate with anybody my own age due to my career. I miss being around kids my own age.
I really would not like to portray a bad person. I know I could do it. But I'm not really on the cussing thing and all. I don't really cuss in my personal life. So I couldn't see myself on the screen letting millions of people look at me cuss. I have a lot of fans who are kids and I wouldn't want to disillusion them, especially their parents.
Tejano music is a combination or should I say fusion of a lot of different types of music all rolled into one package. It's country music, it's jazz, it has roots of German polka, it also has Mexican music in it. - on Tejano music
I'm nervous because this is something new. I've done Tejano music all my life but from what I understand the English market is very different. I'm scared because I don't know what to expect. I'm very happy to be given the oppurtunity. I've always believed in the saying good things come to those who wait and we've been waiting patiently. I'm sure everything is gonna turn out okay. - on her English album
Well, when I'm singing I'm a completely different person. I could be very free, depending on the situation I could do what I want. I would have to deliver, like with many songs, a lot of emotion if a song is very sad, as with a very happy and excited song. It depends, it depends. Compared to when I'm my normal self, like whomever, of the public. - on performing
I loved Lake Jackson because of the green grass, the trees. I remember eating at the Sonic and Dairy Bar. I remember how it would flood where I lived, and my friends and I would play in the water. I was a little tomboy when I was growing up. I used to like to play football with the guys and you know, normal things like hide-and-seek, and get ahold of my brother's bike and try to teach myself how to ride it.
We got up and we screamed. It was the pre-telecast part of the awards and there was maybe like 10 of us sitting in one row towards the back of the place, showed up kinda late. Like always, I'm always late for everything and they announced uh me as the winner and I was like oh my God and we all stood and we screamed and I was wearing this like crystal beaded gown and I remember going down, cause it's kind of on a slant, and thinking gee Selena if you fall..you are gonna be so embarrased don't fall cause it had like this fishtail in the back of it and I was trying to be all cool walking up there, but it was great and thinking back now...it's just an experience I will never forget. -on her Grammy Experiences
When dad first introduced us to it we were like, no you can't make us play it. There were times we would come in to practice and we would start crying, 'We don't wanna learn this music.' But we learned it and now that's all we listen to on the radio and we like to play it. - on Tejano music
Thank goodness we stuck to it because we have come a long way, you know. Really and truly, I can't imagine myself having an everyday job and going into an office. I love business. I have my own business aside from singing, but I can't picture myself going to the same place everyday. I don't know, it would be kind of a drag to me, I guess I have gotten so used to traveling now. When I have the chance to relax, I'm real hyper and ready to go.
They're putting more powder on me because I have very oily skin. That's why we're coming out with the Selena line of makeup. - on filming the "No Me Queda Mas" video
As for dancing, I only dance with people I know. I don't dance with strangers unless they ask my dad for permission. I also enjoy seeing other people dance. Then I go backstage and practice the steps I saw. - on dancing
A lot of people say..ya know that it's hard to work with family and what's good about our family is that we've all had the same goal and we all have the same respect for my father...so when we get into a discussion, there's dad like good old times with a belt. I think a lot of the musical talent came on my father's part because he used to be a musician many years ago when he had his own band named Los Dinos.
The reason I'm so appreciative of everything that's going on around me is cause I never expected it. Never dreamed...never in my wildest dreams thought I would come this far and I plan to keep that attitude.
The life of an artist isn't all glamorous. It's a lot of work. A lot of people think it's very easy. They think you always stay in good hotels, you buy good things, but it's not like that. You have to work hard like everybody else.
I'm spoiled in the sense that now I get what I want but it's because I work for it.
I lost a lot out of my teenage hood but I gained a lot too. I can't really say that I lost because I got ahead of everyone as far as career and being more mature about business, even though I didn't know what the heck was going on.
Tejano music is a very relaxing style and it reminds me of home.
We're a very unified family. Within the family we have aggressive and dominating personalities, but we believe the family is the most important thing of all.
We were friends. I never thought I'd wanna marry a musician. - on Chris
What I do on stage, you won't catch me doing off stage. I mean, I think deep down I'm still kind of, like, timid and modest about a lot of things. But on stage, I release all that; I let it go.
The family that plays together stays together.
What's cool about our family is that we don't hold grudges and I think that's sort of been the key to the success. Ya know we have our disagreements but whether we're right or wrong we'll just go and apologize. That's just the way we are.
We had these monkey bars in the back of my house and we used to get my mother's sheets and tie them to the bars and make little cocoons and just hang in there all day.
Well, I think that's cause of my dad and his belt, (imitates her father) 'You're gonna sing little girl!'. Boy, I was very shy but when a person grows up you change and those things do too. - on overcoming shyness
I'm in charge of the uniforms and outfits. I design clothes and jewelry on the side. So we make our own things, which I love to do. I love shiny things and clothing. - on fashion business
I think the public plays an important role in supporting an artist in their career. - the 1989 Tejano Music Awards
I find it very flattering. I think when people say that, that means it as success goes. Everybody can identify my music from Madonna's and Gloria's. My music is totally different. Gloria Estefan has her own style. I admire her and respect her highly because she is an Hispanic woman who's opened doors for everybody else that has come along. I think everyone should respect her for that."-on being compared to Madonna and Gloria Estefan
I love Texas. I'm a Texas girl. I am Texan. I really like Corpus because it's really laid back. It's like 385,000 in population. Its very small compared to Los Angeles. I like it. Everybody treats me like I'm nobody. It's like Selena's at the mall. She's shopping again. No biggie. When I go other places, I'm working, and I'm enjoying meeting people, but when I go home, that's my time to be myself, and relax.
I love to wear hats. And I like to wear coordinated outfits, so I stared wearing the hats and the tight pants. And I started wearing the pants, the black pants because I have very big hips and every woman knows that it is a very slimming color and that's how I got into wearing the high wasted pants because it makes your waist look smaller and your hips go down and makes you look a little bit more look curvy.
You have to understand the culture is very conservative, and I think that's why everybody made a big stink about Madonna, because she showed a lot of skin, and it was different. I think it shocked a lot of people, and I think it's the same in the Tejano market. Wearing the bras on stage shocked everybody, and that's probably why I got branded for the bra. - about her style
My philosophy could be resumed as: Life would be very boring if people don't try to do new things.