The biopic, Selena, came out 25 years ago this week (March 21, 1997). Selena's tragic death was also in March of 1995.

A Selena song seemed more than appropriate for this week's Throwback Thursday.

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Jennifer Lopez played the gone-too-soon singer in the movie. She credits this role with inspiring her to pursue music.

Selena Quintanilla was born in Texas in 1971. She was the youngest of three. Her older brother played guitar and her sister was on drums. Selena fronted the family band, Selena y Los Dinos.

"I Could Fall in Love" by Selena was her first English language single. It was off of her fifth album, Dreaming of You. 

The singles, album, and music videos for Dreaming of You were all released posthumously.

Selena was shot by the president of her fan club and the manager of her boutiques, Yolanda Saldivar.

Selena passed away on March 31, 1995. She was only 23.

Dreaming of You was supposed to be the crossover album that would turn Selena into a worldwide superstar. She was already a very successful Spanish-language Tejano singer.

"If I Could Fall in Love" was a hit, to say the least. However, it doesn't appear on the Billboard Hot 100, which is THE main chart. Wikipedia states, "Davitt Sigerson, the president and CEO of EMI records, feared that 'I Could Fall in Love' might sell more copies than the album itself, so he did not issue the single as a commercial release.[56] Therefore, it was not eligible for the Billboard Hot 100 chart."

"I Could Fall in Love" did chart on basically every other chart! It debuted at #4 on the Hot Latin Tracks chart on 1 July 1995 and went on to peak at #2 the next week. "I Could Fall in Love" became the highest-ranking English language song on that chart.

Two of Selena's songs, "Tú Sólo Tú" and "I Could Fall in Love" were #1 and #2 at the same time on Hot Latin Tracks for five consecutive weeks. Selena became the first artist to have a Spanish and English language song on that chart at the same time.

All these years later Selena's legacy lives on. Crazy to think what could have been.

 

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