Selena Quintanilla [1971-1995]
Selena Quintanilla was Tejano music’s biggest star.
She began singing at a very early age as part of a family band her father put together. Back in the ‘60s, he was in a band called Los Dinos that were popular locally. As the band polished its skills and recorded, they started to make a name for themselves in Corpus Christi, Texas.
In 1987 Selena won “Best Female Vocalist of the Year” at the Tejano Music Awards and matched it for the next seven years.
In 1989 José Behar, the former head of the Sony Latin Music Division, signed her to Capitol/EMI, believing she had “crossover” potential. He worked with her to build support among Tejanos and Mexicans before getting into the English language market. Just before the release of her first album in English, Dreaming of You, she was murdered.