A.B. Quintanilla

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A.B. Quintanilla
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Quintanilla in 2020
Background information
Birth nameAbraham Isaac Quintanilla III
Also known as
  • A.B. Quintanilla III
  • A.B. Quintanilla
  • King of Kumbia
Born (1963-12-13) December 13, 1963 (age 58)
Toppenish, Washington, U.S
Origin Lake Jackson, Texas, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Record producer
  • songwriter
  • composer
  • musician
Instrument(s)
  • Bass guitar
  • guitar
  • vocals
Years active1982–present
Labels
Website abquintanilla3.com

Abraham Quintanilla III (born December 13, 1963), known professionally as A.B. Quintanilla III or A.B. Quintanilla, is an American record producer, songwriter and musician, and the older brother of singer Selena, known as "The Queen of Tejano music".

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Along with Selena, his other sister Suzette, and his father Abraham, he became a member of Los Dinos in 1980. As a member of Los Dinos, A.B. played bass guitar, produced, and wrote songs for Selena that became successful singles such as "Como la Flor", "Amor Prohibido" and "No Me Queda Más" [1] After Selena's death, he would create the bands Kumbia Kings and Kumbia All Starz.

Early life

Abraham Isaac Quintanilla III was born on December 13, 1963 in Toppenish, Washington. [2] He is the oldest child of Abraham Quintanilla Jr. and Marcella Ofelia Quintanilla (née Samora); and the older brother of Suzette Quintanilla and the late Selena Quintanilla. [3] [4] [5] [6] Shortly after he was born, Quintanilla and his parents would move to Lake Jackson, Texas, where he would be raised there and where his two younger sisters were born.

Career

While living in Lake Jackson, Texas, A.B. learned to play the guitar and bass. Alongside Selena, his sister Suzette, and their father, Abraham, he became a member of the successful band Los Dinos. A.B. also became Selena's producer.

He co-wrote Selena's hit songs like "Como la Flor" ("Like the Flower") and "Amor Prohibido" ("Forbidden Love").

A.B.'s sister, Selena, was murdered on March 31, 1995, which greatly devastated him. He helped produce "Como Te Extraño" ("How I Miss You") by Pedro "Pete" Astudillo, which was written for Selena as well as Astudillo's late grandmother. The song earned Astudillo a Premios Lo Nuestro award for Best Song of the Year in 1996. [7]

A.B. Quintanilla later resurfaced in 1999 by creating the Kumbia Kings, which mixed cumbia and pop music. The Kumbia Kings went on an international tour, had several CD releases and participated on such shows as Cristina Saralegui's El Show de Cristina. Quintanilla also produced for such entertainers as Thalía, Alicia Villarreal, Verónica Castro and Cristian Castro.

He produced and arranged the 2004 album, A.B. Quintanilla III Presents Joe Lopez, which includes "Cuando Estoy Contigo" ("When I Am with You") and "Soy Tan Feliz" ("I'm So Happy"), co-written by Quintanilla and Luigi Giraldo.

A.B. Quintanilla left Kumbia Kings in mid-2006. A.B., along with new members and ex-Kumbia Kings Chris Pérez (A.B.'s brother-in-law, Selena's widower) and Pee Wee; started the group Kumbia All Starz in 2006. This new group had hits such as "Chiquilla", "Parece Que Va a Llover", and "Speedy Gonzales". The Kumbia All Starz have become immensely popular in South America, especially in Bolivia, where they performed a series of concerts in 2014.

A.B. Quintanilla signed with DEL Records and formed Elektro Kumbia in 2016. [8] In 2017, he released a single called "Piña Colada Shot". [9]

In media

In the 1997 film Selena , Quintanilla was played by Jacob Vargas, while Rafael Tamayo played him as a child. In the 2020 Netflix TV series Selena: The Series , he was played by Gabriel Chavarria, while Juan Martinez played him as a child.

Personal life

Quintanilla has eight children, including a son Svani (b. 1991) and a daughter Martika (b. 1989) with his first wife Vangie. Quintanilla also has five other sons and one daughter born between 2002 and 2007. [10] He also has one grandchild.

He married his longtime girlfriend Rikkie Leigh Robertson on November 12, 2011. [11] On July 5, 2016, he announced after a concert that he was getting divorced from his wife. They have no children together.


Quintanilla married Anjelah O., an Argentinian woman, on September 16, 2019, in Las Vegas. [12]

Discography

Albums with Selena
Albums with Kumbia Kings
Albums with Kumbia All Starz

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryWorkResult
2000 Premio Lo Nuestro Regional Mexican Group of the Year A.B. Quintanilla and Kumbia Kings Nominated
Regional Mexican New Artist of the Year Won
Latin Billboard Music Awards Pop Album of the Year, Group Amor, Familia y Respeto Nominated
Pop Album of the Year, New ArtistWon
Latin Grammy Awards Best Tejano Album Nominated
2001 Latin Grammy Awards Best Tejano Album Shhh! Nominated
2002 Premio Lo Nuestro Regional Mexican Group of the Year A.B. Quintanilla and Kumbia Kings Nominated
Tejano PerformanceNominated
Video of the Year "Shhh!"Nominated
Latin Billboard Music Awards Pop Album of the Year, Group Shhh! Won
Top Latin Albums Artist of the YearA.B. Quintanilla and Kumbia Kings Nominated
2003 Latin Grammy Awards Best Pop Album by a Duo/Group with Vocals 4 Nominated
Best Regional Mexican Song "Ay! Papacito" (Límite) (with Alicia Villarreal)Nominated
American Music Awards Favorite Latin Artist A.B. Quintanilla and Kumbia Kings Nominated
2004 Premio Lo Nuestro Regional Mexican Group of the Year A.B. Quintanilla and Kumbia Kings, Juan Gabriel, El Gran Silencio Won
Regional Mexican Song of the Year "No Tengo Dinero" (with Juan Gabriel and El Gran Silencio)Won
Latin Billboard Music Awards Latin Pop Album of the Year, Duo or Group 4 Won
Premios Juventud Dynamic Duo Thalía with A.B. Quintanilla and Kumbia Kings Nominated
Best MovesA.B. Quintanilla and Kumbia Kings Nominated
Best Re-Mix"No Tengo Dinero" (with Juan Gabriel and El Gran Silencio)Nominated
Party Starter"Sabes a Chocolate"Nominated
2005 Latin Billboard Music Awards Latin Pop Album of the Year, Duo or Group Fuego Won
Premios Juventud I Hear Them EverywhereA.B. Quintanilla and Kumbia Kings Nominated
Favorite Urban ArtistNominated
Latin Grammy Awards Best Regional Mexican Song "Na Na Na (Dulce Niña)" (with Cruz Martínez and Luigi Giraldo)Nominated
Best Engineered Album Fuego (Seth Atkins, Javier Garza, Cruz Martínez and Robert "Bobbo" Gómez III)Nominated
2006 Premio Lo Nuestro Pop Album of the Year Fuego Nominated
Pop Group of the Year A.B. Quintanilla and Kumbia Kings Nominated
Premios MTV Latinoamérica MTV Tr3́s Viewer's Choice AwardNominated
Latin Grammy Awards Best Tropical Regional Mexican Album Kumbia Kings Live Won
2007 Latin Billboard Music Awards Latin Pop Album of the Year, Duo or Group Ayer Fue Kumbia Kings, Hoy Es Kumbia All Starz Nominated
2008 Premio Lo Nuestro Pop Album of the Year Nominated
Pop Song of the Year "Chiquilla"Nominated
Pop Breakout Artist or Group of the YearA.B. Quintanilla and Kumbia All Starz Nominated
Latin Grammy Awards Best Pop Album by a Duo/Group with Vocals Planeta Kumbia Nominated
Premios Oye! Popular Field Best Tropical by a Duo/Group or SoloNominated
2009 Latin Billboard Music Awards Latin Pop Album of the Year, Duo or GroupNominated

See also

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The Kumbia Kings were a Mexican-American cumbia group from Corpus Christi, Texas, created by A.B. Quintanilla. Their music encompasses the styles of cumbia, hip hop, and R&B. They produce songs in both Spanish and English. The band's producers from the beginning have been Quintanilla and Cruz Martínez. Quintanilla is the brother of the late "Queen of Tejano", Selena. Quintanilla played bass guitar for the group, while Martínez, husband of international artist Alicia Villarreal, played keyboards. Both co-wrote songs for the Kumbia Kings. Though the group has gone through a revolving door of members in recent years amid controversy and finger-pointing, and the Kumbia Kings of today are vastly different from what originated in Corpus Christi over eight years ago, Quintanilla and Martínez were always the soul of the group. Gone are original members Frankie J and DJ Kane, both of whom have gone on to significant success as solo artists, as well as the group K1, a collaboration of founding members of Kumbia Kings who have defected from the group for reason of "internal dissension". Quintanilla, Irvin "Pee Wee" Salinas, as well as Selena's widower Chris Pérez, also decided to leave the group due to that same "internal dissension" and joined Los Kumbia All Starz, formed by A.B. Quintanilla. Martínez kept what was left of Los Kumbia Kings and formed his own group Los Super Reyes with the remaining members. In October 2009, Quintanilla and Martínez solved their differences, and announced that the Kumbia Kings would reunite for a series of concerts lasting from late 2009 through early 2010.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Selena y Los Dinos</span> American Tejano band

Selena y Los Dinos was an American Tejano band formed in 1981 by Tejano singer Selena and her father Abraham Quintanilla. The band remained together until the murder of Selena in 1995, which caused the dissolution of the band in the same year. When Selena was signed with EMI Latin, EMI president José Behar told Selena that "the world wanted Selena, not Selena y Los Dinos." Selena then began releasing her solo studio albums under her name and her own logo title Selena instead of Selena y Los Dinos. Before Selena was signed with EMI, the band had sold more than 80,000 copies in the state of Texas.

<i>Selena Live!</i> 1993 live album by Selena

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Selena ¡VIVE! was a benefit concert which was held on the tenth anniversary of the death of Tejano superstar Selena Quintanilla-Pérez. The concert was held on April 7, 2005 at the Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas with over 70,000 attendees. The special was produced and filmed by the Spanish language network, Univision, and was the most-watched special in the Spanish language in the history of American television.

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Pete Astudillo</span> American singer

PedroAstudillo is an American singer and songwriter. He was a backup vocalist for Selena y Los Dinos and has released several albums as a solo artist.

<i>Amor, Familia y Respeto</i> 1999 studio album by A.B. Quintanilla y Los Kumbia Kings

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">La Llamada</span> 1993 single by Selena

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Amame (song)</span> 1993 single by Selena

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Si Una Vez</span> 1995 single by Selena

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Baila Esta Cumbia</span> 1990 single by Selena

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Irvin Salinas, known professionally as Pee Wee, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor. He was a former singer for the band Kumbia Kings and was a lead singer for Kumbia All Starz, both created by A.B. Quintanilla. In early 2008, he left Kumbia All Starz to become a solo artist. His debut studio album Yo Soy was released on August 11, 2009.

<i>La Vida de un Genio</i> 2010 studio album by A.B. Quintanilla y Los Kumbia All Starz

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Mexican-American musician A.B. Quintanilla has released nine studio albums, two live albums, six compilation albums, two remix albums, and thirty-three singles.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Piña Colada Shot</span> 2017 single by A.B. Quintanilla y Los Kumbia All Starz

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  12. "Los Quintanilla's ❤️❤️ Este 16 de Septiembre Angela y yo nos casamos!!! Quería compartir esta buena noticia con toda mi gente que siempre está brindándome buenas vibras y amor!!! La verdad que hoy puedo decir que soy muy Feliz!!! Recuerden , la felicidad esta más cerca de lo te imaginas, solo tienes que buscarla!!!! @anjelah564". Instagram. September 21, 2019.