Abraham Quintanilla, Jr.
|Birth name||Abraham Issac Quintanilla Jr|
|Also known as||Abraham, Abraham Quintanilla|
|Born||February 20, 1939|
|Origin||Corpus Christi, Texas|
|Genres||Polka, Doo-wop, Tejano|
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, record producer|
|Years active||1950s - 1972|
|Associated acts||Los Dinos, Selena y Los Dinos, Selena, A.B. Quintanilla III, Suzette Quintanilla, Chris Perez|
Los Dinos era[change | change source]
Abraham and his close friends formed a Mexican American doo-wop band called, Los Dinos beginning in the 1950s. Los Dinos took to the road everywhere their music was much appreciated. Through struggles, Los Dinos signed numerous minor Texas based record companies. By the 1960s Los Dinos switched their musical styles to Tejano music due to their low popularity. Abraham quite the band to tend to his family full-time soon after his third and final child, Selena was born in 1971. Abraham became managing his children's music abilities, soon after his daughter Selena had the ability to sing high notes in perfect pitch tune and memorization.
Selena y Los Dinos era[change | change source]
In the late 1970s, Abraham formed a new group composed of his three children, which was named Selena y Los Dinos. Abraham opened a Mexican American restaurant in 1982, which featured performances by his musically gifted children. Unfortunately, the restaurant was unsuccessful and closed in its first year. By 1984, Abraham became the children's manager full-time for live concerts, performance on television shows, and so forth with the help of the "Selena Tour Bus". In 1993, Abraham opened up his own recording studio, Q-Productions which he managed with various artists. In the same year, the "Selena Fan Club" was formed by Yolanda Saldivar who later took Selena's life. In 1995, Abraham was no longer the manager of Selena and her band Selena y Los Dinos due to an upcoming crossover album that would have propelled Selena into the main strain American pop. On March 31, 1995, Abraham's youngest child, Selena was murdered at the age of 23. Soon after her death, Abraham and his family created The Selena Foundation, a charitable organization which would help children in crisis.
Personal life[change | change source]
Abraham Quintanilla continues to produce new acts in the music business and film with his record company, Q-Productions. Since Selena's death, Abraham Quintanilla appeared in numerous television Selena specials.
Discography[change | change source]
- Studio albums
|Los Dinos (The Guys)
|Con Esta Copa (With This Cup)
|The Dinos (Falcon release)
|Unknown fifth release (Bernal release)
|Unknown sixth release (Bernal release)
Filmography[change | change source]
|2003||Greatest Hits DVD||Producer|
|1995–present||Tejano Music Awards||himself, receiving awards for Selena||TV appearances|
|1998?||American Justice: Selena episode||himself|
|1998||Behind The Music: Selena the movie||himself|
|1999||Corpus: A Home Video for Selena||himself|
|2004||Noche de estrellas: Premio lo Nuestro 2004||himself, receiving awards for Selena|
|2005||Don Francisco presenta||himself|
|2005||Selena: Noche de estrellas||himself|
|2005||Selena ¡vive!, acceso total||himself|
|2007||Selena: Queen of Tejano||himself|
|2007||Making of Selena: 10 Years Later||himself|
References[change | change source]
- "Abraham Quintanilla Jr". IMDb.
- "Answers - The Most Trusted Place for Answering Life's Questions". Answers.com.
- 30th Tejano Music Awards. 11 July 2010. 80 minutes in.
- "Abraham Quintanilla's filmography". imdb.com. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
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