If Yolanda Saldívar, the president of Selena Quintanilla’s fan club hadn’t pulled the trigger on her .38 caliber handgun in a senseless act of violence on the morning of March 31, 1995 (two weeks shy of Selena's birthday), the Mexican-American singer would be celebrating her 41st birthday on Monday, April 16.
In honor of the Queen of Tejano music's birthday, we're taking a look at five ways the singer lives on in the music industry, through her loved ones, in the Latino community, and in all of our hearts.
The great interest in Selena, even afer more than 17 years since passing away, proves that while Selena is gone, she will never be forgotten.
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In March, Chris Perez (who was Selena's husband), wrote a memoir about his life with Selena. Entitled "To Selena, With Love," the new memoir (out now), talks about Perez's relationship with the singer, how she wanted five kids, and how she had a big imagination. But mostly, the book talks about how difficult it was for Chris to continue his life after he lost her.
17 years after her death, a new album entitled "Enamorada de ti," is being released to honor Selena Quintanilla. The album features well-known artists like Don Omar, Christian Castro, Selena Gomez and Camilla. Reportedly, Gomez sings "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" (one of her favorite songs from her touring set list) on the new album. Listen to a snippet of the song here.
Last Spring, the U.S. Postal service announced that Quintanilla would be getting her own stamp along with Tito Puente, Carmen Miranda, Carlos Gardel, and Celia Cruz. Now, VISA has plans for a Selena pre-paid debit card.
For the seventeenth anniversary of her death (March 31st), fans made Youtube videos honoring the late singer, while bloggers across the country remembered Selena.
Teen star Selena Gomez -- who like Selena Quintanilla is Mexican-American and a Texas native -- was only 2 years old when Quintanilla was killed, but Gomez is honored to carry Selena's name. In an April 2009 Latina Magazine cover story, Selena said she once had the opportunity to meet the late singer's family at the Alma Awards. "A.B Quintanilla came up to me and said, 'I'm Selena's brother.' And I said, 'I know who you are!" Gomez told Latina Magazine. "He told me if I ever needed anything, to just let him know. I felt so honored," she said.