Selena Forever Essay

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Selena ForeverSelena Quintanilla was born on April 16, 1971in Lake Jackson, Texas to a Mexican-American father, Abraham Quintanilla and a half-Cherokee mother, Marcella Ofelia Samora. She was the youngest of three children. She had a brother, A.B and a sister, Suzette. Earlier, during the late 1950s and early 1960s, Abraham and a few friends had formed a band "Los Dinos" and performed a mix of rock 'n' roll and Mexican songs at nightclubs and restaurants in Corpus Christi. However, due to little opportunities, Abraham had to give up the band when he married and took the job at Dow Chemical to support his family. Even though he gave up the band, Abraham's passion for music surely did not die. He taught his children how to play an instrument at an early age. A.B. III was taught bass and Suzette, the drums. Abraham spent many hours working with A.B. III and Suzette. Feeling excluded, Selena asked her dad why she couldn't learn an instrument. When told that she was too young, Selena decided to sing. Abraham was convinced that Selena was destined to be a star, especially since she shared his passion for music and her voice had a special quality to it. Soon, with Marcella's blessing, Abraham converted the family garage into a soundproof studio. Once everyone was proficient at their musical tasks - A.B. III on bass, Suzette on the drums and 9 year-old Selena at singing, Abraham formed a family band called "Selena Y Los Dinos"In the summer of 1980, Abraham Quintanilla quit his job at Dow Chemical and opened Papa Gayo's, a family-run restaurant that featured quality meals and live entertainment. In an attempt to succeed, Abraham poured all of his life-savings into it and everyone pitched in to help. Papa Gayo's also gave Selena Y Los Dinos their first real public exposure, they performed in front of customers during evenings. Selena became an instant favorite. However, just when things were about to take off, the recession of 1980-81 struck forcing many oil wells to shut down. With people out of work, Papa Gayo's along with the other businesses lost many customers. With mounting debts and little hope of recovery, Abraham was forced to close the restaurant and move the family back to Corpus Christi. He continued to believe in Selena's talent and did whatever he could to assist her. Music became the Quintanilla's sole source of income as Selena Y Los Dinos traveled to various clubs and restaurants and performed at weddings and other special occasions. During those times, even if each made only$5 or $10, they were happy since they could eat and go shopping. Selena Y Los Dinos recorded their first album, "Mis Primeras Grabaciones" in 1984 under the Freddie Records Label. However, aside from some radio play of the "Ya Se Va" track,"Mis Primeras Grabaciones" didn't do very well. As Selena was growing into a star, her brother, A.B. III was becoming an accomplished songwriter and producer, after originally taking it up to supply his youngest sister with the...

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