I Know That Song! The One With The Super Sad Ending

Keep track of the songs all week to figure out the common theme. If you can name it Friday you can win Free Lunch at Jersey Mikes. 

At the height of her Tejano music career, today’s singer was poised to cross over and go mainstream.

Though she was already an established star throughout Latin America, with songs like "Como La Flor," and "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" she was largely unknown to non-Spanish speakers. She was determined to change that.

In late March 1995, Selena arrived at the famed Bennett House in Tennessee, ready to sing in English and to work with producers of such smash hits as Amy Grant's "Baby, Baby" and Vanessa Williams' "Save the Best for Last."

When they began to work on today’s song, they knew they had a hit on their hands. But in one of the most tragic stories in all of music, a week later...she was gone.

On March 31 that same year, Yolanda Saldivar, the former president of her fan club, shot her at a hotel in Texas, ending the life of a promising young artist with limitless potential.

She showed amazing promise when she got her start as a child in Texas, singing with the family band. As a solo artist, she released four studio albums, won a Grammy for Best Mexican/American Album and was poised to make the crossover to the mainstream American pop market by recording her first English-language album. One of the songs on that record was going to be today’s song. 

The song was written by a songwriter/singer named Keith Thomas, who sang this ballad to today’s singer and her brother in Nashville. He sang with a lot of soul and immediately impressed them and they agreed to record the song.

She then offered to cook Thomas Mexican food and the kitchen was connected to another studio where country singer Wynonna Judd was recording. Wynnona mistook today’s singer for a maid and asked her to bring her some food as well.

"She said, 'No, no, I'll give you some, but I'm here recording,'" today’s singer said. An embarrassed Judd and this singer remembered the moment years later at an awards ceremony.

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