COUNCIL CHRONICLE – Tuesday, October 17, comes with a new Doodle from Google, one that is a first of its kind as it is celebrating and honoring the legacy of Selena Quintanilla, a Mexican-American artist most commonly referred to simply as Selena.
Selena Quintanilla Released Her First Album Exactly 28 Years Ago
Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was born in Texas on April 16, 1971. She started singing at the tender age of 9, in a band started by her father. Selena went through many hardships before rising to international fame, with many considering her winning the Tejano Music Award for Female Vocalist of the Year in 1987 as a milestone in her career. She then won the award nine more consecutive times.
Selena’s official debut album, “Selena”, which is being celebrated by today’s doodle, was released on October 17, 1989.
However, the Doodle itself is animated and plays “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom”, one of the singer’s popular songs featured on the 1994 album “Amor Prohibido”.
This now belongs to the pages of history after winning the Best Mexican/American Album in 1995 at the 37th Grammy Awards.
It also received the Record of the Year at the Tejano Music Awards the same year.
Still, Selena’s story was soon to end as, on March 31, 1995, just two weeks before the artist would’ve turned 24, she was shot dead by a friend, Yolanda Saldívar. The latter was also the former manager of Selena’s Selena Etc. boutiques.
Besides being a celebrated singer and songwriter, Selena was also a fashion designer as well as a model, actress, and spokesperson.
She was inducted into the Texas Women University’s Texas Women’s Hall of Fame in 2016. This year, an exhibition which focuses on her influence on marketing opened at the National Museum of American History in Washington D.C.
Quintanilla is also remembered through statutes and various concerts and festivals in her hometown, and now through an international Google Doodle.
When asked about the Doodle, the Quintanilla family declared, among others, that:
“My family and I are honored and extremely excited to have worked with Google on this Doodle and exhibit launch, not only as a way to celebrate Selena’s life and the dreams she achieved, but as a tribute to Selena’s fans around the globe.”
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