Selena Forever

The Selena Trial

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Selena: 1971-1995

From staff reports Copyright 1995 Houston Chronicle

  • April 16, 1971: Selena Quintanilla is born in Lake Jackson, where her father owned a restaurant. After her family later moved to Corpus Christi, Selena launched her singing career with her father as manager and her brother, A.B. Quintanilla, as songwriter.
  • 1979: Selena makes her performing debut at age 8.
  • 1992: She marries Christopher Perez, a musician in her band.
  • February 1993: David Lee Garza and Selena perform before a Sunday matinee then-record audience of 57,894 at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo at the Astrodome.
  • August 1993: More than 20,000 people hear Selena y Los Dinos at the Pasadena Fairgrounds.
  • October 1993: Selena and Ram Herrera are featured performers at the Tejano Grand Finale show of the Coca-Cola Road Trip at Guadalupe Plaza Park in Houston.
  • February 1994: Selena performs for a then-record Sunday crowd at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo of 60,948 -- of which 8,000 bought standing-room-only tickets.
  • March 1994: Selena's Selena Live album wins a Grammy award as best Mexican-American album. She releases her Amor Prohibido the same month.
  • May 1994: Selena y Los Dinos perform at Guadalupe Park as part of the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration.
  • July 1994: Selena's song Amor Prohibido, the title track from her album, reaches No. 1 on Billboard's Latin chart to become the biggest hit of her career. Touring behind the album she performs for 20,000 at Six Flags AstroWorld's Southern Star Amphitheater.
  • August 1994: Selena, Mazz and Emilio Navaira are featured performers at the third annual Tejano Superfest at Guadalupe Plaza.
  • December 1994: Selena headlines the New Years Eve dance at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
  • January 1995: Selena is nominated for a Grammy for Best Mexican-American performance.
  • Feb. 11, 1995: Selena dominates the 15th annual Tejano Music Awards at the Alamodome in San Antonio, winning in six of 15 categories. For an unprecedented seventh straight year, her awards included female vocalist and female entertainer of the year. She also won Album of the Year for Amor Prohibido.
  • Feb. 26, 1995: Selena performs a triumphant concert for a record-setting Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Sunday crowd of 61,041 at the Astrodome. Also on the "Go Tejano Day" bill was Emilio Navaira, the Tejano Music Awards' male vocalist of the year.
  • March 31, 1995: Selena is shot to death in Corpus Christi.