A recording of "A Boy Like That" by the late Tejano singer Selena
will be the first single from "The Songs of West Side Story," an
all-star benefit album released last week.
The project also includes the talents of Aretha Franklin and Phil
Collins (both of whom insisted on singing "Somewhere"), Little
Richard, Wynonna Judd, Trisha Yearwood, Michael McDonald, Kenny
Loggins, Chick Corea, Natalie Cole and All-4-One.
Producer and arranger David Pack writes in the album's liner
notes that "A Boy Like That" ""was one of the shortest songs of the
original score, and it was particularly difficult to expand and
""After my first two-hour conversation with Selena, her spirit
crystallized the direction for the new jack/Latin vibe, which she
loved, and after the recording sessions we talked about this being
one of the cool little tunes of the project," Pack said.
For the track, recorded Feb. 28 and March 2 last year, Sheila E.
is heard on percussion and Pack plays keyboards with Greg
Selena was murdered March 31 at age 23.
""We couldn't have known that this would be ... made within the
last three weeks of her life," Pack said. ""She gave her all, and
was proud of how far she had stretched as an artist to deliver this
performance. Selena's loving and ever-giving spirit is truly
The video for "A Boy Like That" uses photographs and film clips
""We worked with both her family and her record company and came
up with stills and some very appropriate images of Selena to use in
conjunction with the audio track and other new video clips," said
Michael Greene, executive director of the National Academy of
Recording Arts and Sciences, which produced the project.
""We tried to do it in a way that was totally un-exploitive," he
said. ""We really didn't want to be perceived as jumping on any sort
of commercial bandwagon with regard to Selena's participation."