Named "Mirador de la Flor" (viewpoint of the flower), this memorial to the late Tejano star features a 5'8" life-sized bronze statue of Selena wearing a leather jacket with microphone in hand, sculpted by H. W. "Buddy" Tatum, a Corpus Christi artist. She is leaning against a concrete pillar looking towards the Corpus Christi Bay.
A Hispanic singing idol, she was murdered at age 23 at the Days Inn, Room 158, in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was the Grammy winning queen of Tejano music and sold more than 1. 5 million records. Born in Lake Jackson, Texas, her father, Abraham Quintanilla, was a respected Latino musician who played with a group called Los Dinos. By the time she was ten years old, Selena would join Los Dinos, singing with the group. Although English was her native language, she sang almost exclusively in Spanish, in a Tex-Mex pop style called Tejano. Selena came to national attention in 1987, when she won Female Vocalist of the Year at the annual Tejano Music Awards. Two years later, she and her band were signed to EMI Latin Records, releasing their first album in 1990. Between 1990 and 1994, Selena became a major force in Latin music, although she was virtually unknown to English speaking American audiences.
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