Monday, April 03, 2017

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Selena

Song:I Could Fall In Love
Album:Lo Mejor De...

If she hadn't been murdered by the president of her fan club and embezzler in 1995, it's likely that Selena Quantinilla-Perez would be one of the biggest stars in music. She had already taken over the Latin market and she was poised to do the same in English. I Could Fall In Love was a top ten hit despite not being released as a single. She was born Apr. 16, 1971 in Lake Jackson, TX. Her father Abraham Quantinilla Jr. was a local musician and he recognized her talent when she was a child. So when he opened a restaurant in 1980, Selena and her siblings were the house band. The restaurant closed due to the recession and the family moved to Corpus Christi. The family band Selena y Los Dinos performed locally and eventually got a record deal with GP Productions. Then Selena's brother brought in guitarist Chris Perez and he took over the band and married Selena after conflict with dad. Then EMI Records came calling. They wanted Selena but not the band. She told them she wanted to sing in English. Dad may not have been happy but Selena knew what she wanted. Once she was a big star in the Latin market, the time was right for her English debut. She recorded four songs for Dreaming Of You and then she was murdered on Mar. 31, 1995 by former boutique manager and president of her fan club Yolanda Saldivar after Selena accused her of embezzlement. There were two hit singles from the album. Dreaming Of You and I Could Fall In Love. Capitol didn't release I Could Fall In Love as a single as they thought it would hurt album sales. But it reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 anyway. The song was written and produced by Keith Thomas who works a lot with gospel and R&B artists like Bebe and Cece Winans and Vanessa Williams. Apparently Selena loved working with Thomas and it's likely he would have been her main producer. Of course as we all know there was the movie Selena starring Jennifer Lopez. This 2CD budget comp covers Selena's entire career. But what could she have been if she had lived? It's very sad. Here's the video for I Could Fall In Love by Selena.

1 comment:

  1. It is very sad because of her talent and her youth. She had her whole life ahead of her, like so many young people cut down before she had a chance to live her life to it's fullest. And she could sing. She had talent and musical ability.