Selena Quintanilla-Perez, a third-generation Texan, was born in Freeport in 1971. The youngest of three children, she began singing at the age of eight. Backed by her father, Abraham, on guitar; her brother, A.B., on bass; and her sister, Suzette, on drums, Selena started her musical career at her father’s Mexican restaurant in Lake Jackson. “Oh my gosh, that girl could sing!” Rena Dearman, who began playing keyboards with the band when Selena was nine, recounted in Texas Monthly‘s 2010 oral history of the pop star. “I used to listen to her and wonder, ‘Okay, where is that coming from?’”

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