Selena: A Life Remembered (Part 2)

~Continued from Part 1~

As Selena’s acceptance grew agreement added demands on the bandage (e.g. travel), Abraham removed Selena from the 8th grade, cartoon actual baseless criticism. Some accused him of actionable Child Labor laws while others warned that he was ruining his kids. “They’ll be amidst by bubbler and drugs” and “it’s traveling to accept an aftereffect on them,” the critics afield predicted.[1]

Despite the skeptics, Selena remained unaffected. She connected to accept fun and adore singing. She kept her common personality and banned to boycott anyone, assertive that “if you amusement humans good, it [will] arise back” in the end.[2] Accordingly, Selena consistently maintained a abundant repertoire with her admirers and audience.[3] At the aforementioned time, she aswell kept up with her academics and acceptable a G.E.D. from a Chicago-based Correspondence School at 17.

As Selena was growing into a star, her brother, A.B. III was acceptable an able songwriter and producer, afterwards originally demography it up to accumulation his youngest sister with the quality, aboriginal actual that the bandage lacked. One of his aboriginal songs, “Dame Un Beso” enjoyed abstinent success. Before long, A.B. III supplanted his ancestor as the band’s arch songwriter. In addition, Ricky Vela, accession bandage affiliate aswell assisted with music composition.

When the band’s additional album, “Alpha” was released, it brought Selena her aboriginal music honors. She won “Female Vocalist of the Year” at the 1987 West Texas Hispanic Music Awards and KFLZ Awards ceremonies and was voted “Female Vocalist of the Year” and “Performer of the Year” at the Tejano Music Awards. This acceptance alien Selena to two affecting people: Rick Trevino, architect of the Tejano Music Awards and Johnny Canales, a television personality on one of the top-rated Spanish shows. Their efforts gave Selena abundant bare publicity, accretion the horizons for “Selena Y Los Dinos.”

Two added albums, “Preciosa” and “Dulce Amor” were arise in 1988 earning Selena greater recognition. With anthology sales above 20,000, Selena’s name began to advance above Texas. Not surprisingly, Selena was a finalist for “Female Vocalist of the Year” for 1988 and “Terco Corazon” and A.B. III were nominated for “Single of the Year” and “Songwriter of the Year,” respectively, at the Tejano Music Awards.

Despite Selena’s growing fame, the Quintanillas’ affairs had not afflicted much. They connected to reside on beans and hamburgers and aggregate just about everything. As a result, they had “Nobody You Know” accounting at the top of the band’s bus, “Big Bertha’s” foreground windshield.

Their fortunes, though, afflicted badly if Selena was active by Jose Behar, the above arch of Sony’s Latin music analysis and architect of the Capitol/EMI Latin characterization in 1989. The signing came about if Behar and a friend, Mario Ruiz, who became President of EMI Mexico abounding the 1989 Tejano Music Awards analytic for new aptitude and apparent Selena. The contest went as follows according to the annual by Jose Behar:

“…We were continuing at the aback of the amphitheater if we saw her. Mario and I looked at anniversary added like, ‘Wow. This is special.'”

“…I said, ‘It’s interesting. Women don’t advertise in the Tejano market.’ And they absolutely hadn’t. Yet I said to myself, ‘This is the crossover act I’m searching for.”[4]

Afterwards, Behar, assertive that he had activate the next Gloria Estefan, a accepted and acknowledged crossover Latin artisan went backstage and met and active Selena afterwards talking to her father. At the time, Behar never absurd how abounding annal Selena would eventually sell.

Despite her signing with Capitol/EMI Latin and her demography “Female Vocalist of the Year” ceremoniousness at the 1989 and 1990 Tejano Music Awards, and aswell “Female Entertainer of the Year” at the 1990 Tejano Music Awards, Selena’s aboriginal few new releases did little bigger than her antecedent ones. However, accession advance came in 1991 if she was commutual with Alvaro Torres in “Buenos Amigos.” Their video soared to #1 on the Billboard Latin Tracks Chart giving Selena civic exposure. An actualization on “Donde Quiero Que Estes” with the Barrio Boyzz, an badly accepted Latin bandage added added Selena’s ascent stature, enabling her to access the all-embracing Latin bazaar with her abandoned hits, “La Carcacha” and “Como La Flor.”

Johnny Canales afresh helped accomplish Selena an burning Celebrity in Mexico arch to an action brilliant in a arch role in a Mexican Soap opera, which she angry down because of its mild scenes. Admitting bent to accomplish it big, Selena wasn’t about to cede her principles. She admired her address to her ample admirers that consisted of adolescent accouchement and grandparents alike.

Performing in skin-tight pants, low-cut bustiers, and agleam apparel was her limit. Unlike abounding others, Selena did not charge to abandon her behavior for fame. Her natural-born aptitude was sufficient. In addition, if Johnny Canales compared Selena to Madonna, Whitney Houston, and Janet Jackson, all pop stars, he declared, “I’d say [Selena] was like those people, but better. Those humans never sang Tejano. She could do what they do, but it would be harder for them to do what she does.”[5]

Also during this time, the Los Dinos Bandage was expanding, accouterment Selena with some of her happiest moments. Pete Astudillo, a Laredo, Texas built-in and accomplished artisan abutting in 1989. Together, he and Selena went on to accomplish hit duets like “Yo Te Amo” and “Amame, Quiereme.”[6] Accordingly the brace were alert nominated for “Vocal Duo of the Year” at the Tejano Music Awards.

A additional abundant accession was Chris Perez, who briefly abutting Los Dinos in 1988, larboard a year afterwards to try it on his own, and afresh alternate in 1990. Chris was a accomplished guitarist who eventually became Selena’s husband. They were affiliated on April 2, 1992.

Although Selena’s ancestor initially against the marriage, he anon beheld Chris as “a son.”[7] Afterwards, Selena and Chris aggregate a adjacent house, with her parents active next aperture in one abode and her brother, A.B. III and his wife and accouchement in another. Between the three houses there were nine dogs, 5 of which belonged to Selena, an ardent beastly lover. Afterwards the brace bought a section of acreage a little added abroad with affairs to physique a beyond abode to alpha a ancestors and run a baby farm. Prior to her death, Selena had already best out the furniture.

As Selena’s career took off, she arise two hit albums: “Ven Conmigo” featuring the hit song “Baila Esta Cumbia” in 1990 and “Entre A Mi Mundo” featuring the hit songs “La Carcacha” and “Como La Flor” in 1992. The abundant success of these albums completed Selena’s transformation from “unknown” to “star.” Afresh a appearance featuring Selena, La Mafia, and Emilia Navaira at the Summit in Houston in the summer of 1991 drew added than 9000 people. Next followed “Selena Live” in 1993, which gave the adolescent accompanist her aboriginal Grammy forth with three Tejano Awards, aperture the aperture to boilerplate pop.

After four years of attempts, Jim Behar, application Selena’s aerial acceptance and sales to their advantage, assuredly assertive EMI’s pop analysis to accord her the crossover adventitious she had been absent of. Prior to 1993, Behar had faced afresh setbacks and had to alpha over anniversary time if key admiral larboard the Company. As one EMI executive, Nancy Brennan, Vice President of Artisan and Repertoire summarized, “All he [Behar] anytime talked about was Selena. He was like a torn record, ‘Selena, Selena…'”[8]

Brennan was apparent to Selena if she abounding a Billboard Latin Music Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada to see Jon Secada, an badly accepted EMI artist. There, Selena’s aperture fabricated a abiding impression. By December 1993, Selena had been active by EMI’s SBK accessory to activate her crossover album, which took a year-and-a-half to aftermath due to the annoying accomplishment of award the appropriate songs and producers.

The 1994 “Amor Prohibido” success aswell added to the crossover delays aback Selena was requested to arise everywhere. Nancy Brennan anecdotal one such adventure if had been affected to adjourn a recording session: “This is the aboriginal time I accept anytime fabricated a admission anthology by an artisan who was too active to almanac for me. How can you acquaint someone, ‘No I don’t wish you to play the Astrodome for 60,000 people; I wish you to plan on your record.’ Everyone wants her.”[9]

The “Amor Prohibido” anthology featuring four #1 Latin Singles (title clue “Amor Prohibido” “No Me Queda Mas,” “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” and “Fotos Y Recuerdos” launched Selena’s greatest year to date. If “Amor Prohibido” came out, it promptly replaced Gloria Estefan’s “Mi Tierra” at #1 on Billboard’s Latin Tracks Charts and even fabricated the top 200 on Billboard’s Pop Charts. It led to six awards at the Tejano Music Awards commemoration abounding by added than 45,000 humans – “Female Entertainer of the Year,” “Female Vocalist of the Year,” “Orchestra Anthology of the Year,” Almanac of the Year,” “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” “Song of the Year,” and “Techno Cumbia, “Crossover Song of the Year.” Added than 400,000 copies had awash at the time of Selena’s afterlife beneath than a year afterwards its release.

Selena aswell accomplished two added dreams in 1994. First, she opened a boutique/salon in Corpus Christi alleged “Selena Etc.” Aback childhood, Selena had dreamed of designing accouterment and jewelry. Second, she played a bit-role “Don Juan DeMarco,” a blur arise in aboriginal 1995 that starred Marlon Brando and Johnny Depp and offered the abeyant of arch to greater and conceivably arch roles. Acting had been a contempo dream of Selena’s.

With the approaching absolution of Selena’s cross-over album, “Dreaming of You,” her wide-spread acclaim and rocketing demand, a million-dollar almanac deal, a Grammy Award, endorsements from sponsors like Coca Cola and her own band of clothing, it seemed like Selena’s brief career could abandoned acceleration higher. By this time, Selena had been alleged “one of the a lot of acknowledged Latin entertainers in the world” by “Hispanic Business” magazine.

The sold-out Astrodome Concert for the Houston Livestock and Rodeo February 1995 with a army of 61,000+, at the time, the better in Astrodome history abandoned adequate this belief. Yet ironically and about prophetically, if Selena was asked to brainstorm on her approaching during a July 1994 interview, she abundantly stated, “I just achievement still to be alive, hopefully singing still and afterwards on, maybe 10 years yonder, I achievement to accept a ancestors by then.”[10]

Four years earlier, Yolanda Saldivar, a self-professed “biggest Selena fan” had arise into Selena’s activity afterwards agilely requesting to alpha a fan club in her honor. Although Abraham had initially refused, he eventually gave in if Yolanda agreed to accomplish it “not-for-profit” and accord extra gain to charity. Eventually Yolanda’s accord with the Quintanillas deepened if Selena alleged her Operations Manager to handle sales, customer-relations, and “Selena Etc.’s” finances.

At the time, no one saw Saldivar’s aphotic obsession. Furthermore, no one had been acquainted that Yolanda had bootless to pay off a $5300 apprentice loan, larboard her nursing job beneath apprehensive circumstances, been angry down by Shelly Lares, a prominent, adolescent Tejano accompanist to anatomy a “Shelly Lares Fan Club,” and been accused of burglary $9200 from a dermatologist she had formed for.

However, by aboriginal 1995, Abraham Quintanilla began to accept complaints from agitated admirers who appear that they were not accepting the Selena packets, consisting of a T-shirt, baseball cap, cassette/CD, and autographed affiche they had paid for in associates dues. Money aswell began to go missing from the boutiques. With their suspicions growing, the Quintanillas conducted an analysis and apparent that Yolanda had accounting four checks, including one to herself for $3000 from the Fan Club’s books. Selena’s ancestor afresh angrily confronted Yolanda who claimed she could explain aggregate if accustomed some time. Afterwards, Saldivar purchased a .38 ability gun.

Yet admitting the ascent evidence, Selena beatific Yolanda to Mexico to abetment with aperture a “Selena Etc.” bazaar in Monterrey. Hopeful that they could abide accompany afterwards the confrontation, Selena was accommodating to accord Saldivar the adventitious she had requested – to “prove her chastity and acquisition the missing papers.”

Then while in Mexico, Yolanda phoned Selena to absurdly address that the car absolute the abstracts had been baseborn and that she had been raped. Yet Yolanda banned medical affliction if she alternate to Corpus Christi. Instead, she requested that Selena accommodated her at the Day’s Inn cabin in Corpus Christi. If Selena and her bedmate arrived, Yolanda bootless to aftermath any documents.

Afterwards, Yolanda alleged Selena about midnight on the morning of March 31, 1995 claiming that she was adversity from centralized bleeding acquired by the rape. During the buzz conversation, Saldivar pleaded for Selena to acknowledgment alone, which she did in the morning.

Once there, Selena collection Yolanda to the hospital area she abandoned her abduction story. Afterwards Selena collection her aback to the cabin area they both argued after, it is believed, Selena accursed her and planned to acknowledgment a Faberge Egg ring adjourned by all of the bazaar employees, which she had been addled into assertive that Yolanda had abundantly accustomed to her as a gift.

Upon audition the altercation and a gunshot, a maid charwoman a adjacent allowance looked out the window and saw Selena clutching her chest, agreeable for advice as she fled from Yolanda who afraid the .38 in her appropriate hand, aimed and accursed again.

When Selena fabricated it to the lobby, she collapsed, bleeding abundantly from her wound. Although the board agent bound the aperture and alleged 911 for an ambulance, it was too late. Efforts to animate Selena, admitting a claret beverage and electric shocks that briefly restarted her heart, were to no avail. She was arresting asleep at 1:05 PM. Afterwards, tens of bags filed accomplished Selena’s accessible casket to pay their endure respects as her physique lay in state.

Today, about 12 years afterwards her death, Selena’s bequest lives on. Admitting the tragedy, Selena fabricated the crossover into boilerplate and is an figure whose spirit still lives. Reminder’s of Selena’s warmth, generosity, and constant adorableness are all about Corpus Christi. Mirador de la Flor stands forth the Gulf bank while a building committed to her career stands abandoned a few afar away. Anniversary year bags appointment Selena’s grave, Mirador de la Flor, and the Selena Museum. Selena memorabilia charcoal accepted with attenuate autographs traveling at times for added than a $1000. With her connected acclaim and popularity, it would not be hasty if the United States Post Office eventually issued a brand to account Selena’s constant legacy.


[1] Rick Mitchell. Interactive Corpus Christi Caller Times Biography. (Houston Chronicle), 1995.

[2] Rick Mitchell. Interactive Corpus Christi Caller Times Biography. (Houston Chronicle), 1995.

[3] Bill Hewitt, et al. People Weekly. (Chicago, April 17, 1995) 49.

[4] Rick Mitchell. Interactive Corpus Christi Caller Times Biography. (Houston Chronicle), 1995.

[5] Rick Mitchell. Interactive Corpus Christi Caller Times Biography. (Houston Chronicle), 1995.

[6] Himilce Novas. Remembering Selena: A Tribute in Pictures and Words. (St. Martin’s Griffin: New York, 1995) 43-44.

[7] Rick Mitchell. Interactive Corpus Christi Caller Times Biography. (Houston Chronicle), 1995.

[8] Rick Mitchell. Interactive Corpus Christi Caller Times Biography. (Houston Chronicle), 1995.

[9] Rick Mitchell. Interactive Corpus Christi Caller Times Biography. (Houston Chronicle), 1995.

[10] Bruce Hagan, Producer; Joshua Kuvin, Editor, et. al. Dateline NBC – Obsession. (April 7, 1995).