Selena Quintanilla-Perez, the Queen of Tejano Music, isn't just a global icon - she's our hometown hero. She brought the Latino community together with her music and inspired people across the world with her energy and talent. Her legacy lives on in our memories and our pop culture consciousness.
Corpus Christi is home to the world-famous Selena Museum and it’s worth a trip just to see it! To prepare for your visit to the museum of the Queen of Tejano, here are a few facts about the late, great Selena:
- Selena is a Texas girl! She was born on April 16, 1971 just up the coast from Corpus Christi in Lake Jackson, TX where she spent her formative years singing in her family’s restaurant.
- Selena grew up speaking English and learned to speak Spanish from her father. He taught her Spanish songs phonetically until she understood them on her own!
- When Selena was just 10 years old she became the lead singer of her family’s band, Selena y Los Dinos, which included her brother, AB, on bass guitar and her sister, Suzette, on drums. The band reunited for a tribute to Selena in 2005 making for the highest rated and most viewed Spanish-language TV special ever.
- Selena’s album Ven Conmigo was the first Tejano album to go gold, selling 500,000 copies. Before her death, she was working on her first English-language record which was expected to be a crossover success and make Selena a multicultural household name.
- Selena loved decorative eggs and kept quite the collection in her living room. The over 500-strong collection is now housed in the Selena Museum.
- In 2017, the Queen of Tejano Music was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- Shopping! The Selena Museum has official memorabilia (and the best!) that every Selena fan will want! Be sure to come ready to get a memento that you will cherish forever.