Beloved Tejano pop-star, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, known professionally by her first name alone, may have left our world years ago, but the unquestioned “Queen of Tejano Music” is in the news once again after her family decided to release one of her English language songs. The tune, as well as a short interview with the late singer’s father, Abraham Quintanilla Jr, can be heard below.
Surprisingly enough, the song had previously been leaked by Selena herself when she was alive. The leak was on 1994’s The Control Show, with Puerto Rican actor Carlos Ponce. Most fans were led to believe this song would never see the light of day or assumed it was a brief interlude in one of her Spanish language songs.
It is believed that Selena, having already become the first Tejano singer to be certified gold, had been trying to crack the English-language market around the time of her death in 1995 when she was fatally shot by former friend and president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar, after Selena’s family caught her stealing funds. That is not to say she had no hits in English. Her most notable single was “Dreaming of You” which had been heavily featured in a 1997 biopic where Corpus Christi’s favorite daughter was portrayed by a then unknown Jennifer Lopez. That song was also posthumously released.
Selena’s father, who was memorably portrayed by Edward James Olmos in the aforementioned biopic, was behind the release, saying “The reason we never released it as one of her songs is because it’s not up to par as far as sound is concerned. But years later my son A.B. recorded it with the Kumbia Kings. We thought that the fans would enjoy it even though it’s not a professional recording.” Abraham had given the song its premiere on his online radio station, Selena Q Radio, named in tribute to his daughter, which fans can use to listen to Selena’s music 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Hopefully, Selena’s music will touch generations of even more fans, both those who speak Spanish and English, and perhaps even more. The stars sure haven’t been as bright without her.