A.B. Quintanilla

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A.B. Quintanilla
Birth name Abraham Isaac Quintanilla III
Also known as A.B. Quintanilla III
A.B. Quintanilla
La Rey De La Cumbia
Born (1963-12-13) December 13, 1963 (age 50)
Toppenish, Washington, United States
Origin Lake Jackson, Texas, United States
Genres Cumbia, Tejano, reggae, latin pop, r&b, techno
Occupations Songwriter, record producer, composer, musician
Instruments Bass guitar, guitar, vocals
Years active 1982–present
Labels Capitol Latin
Associated acts Selena, Selena y Los Dinos, Abraham Quintanilla, Jr., Chris Pérez, Cruz Martínez, Frankie J, DJ Kane, Abel Talamantez, Pee Wee, Melissa Jiménez, Kumbia Kings, Kumbia All Starz, Los Super Reyes
Website http://www.abquintanilla3.com

Abraham Isaac "A.B." Quintanilla III (born December 13, 1963) better known as A.B., is an American songwriter, record producer and musician. He is the older brother of "The Queen of Tejano music" Selena. Along with Selena, his other sister Suzette, and his father Abraham, he became a member of Los Dinos in 1980 which would later include Selena's husband Chris Pérez as a guitarist. As a member of Los Dinos, A.B. would play bass guitar, produce and write songs for Selena which became successful singles such as "Como La Flor", "Amor Prohibido" and "No Me Queda Más".

Career[edit]

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 A Flower) and "Amor Prohibido" (Forbidden Love).

A.B.'s sister, Selena, was murdered on March 31, 1995. 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.[1]

Abraham Quintanilla later resurfaced with the Kumbia Kings, which mixed cumbia and pop music. 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 CD, 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. started the Kumbia All Starz with Chris Pérez 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 are performing a series of concerts in 2014.

Personal life[edit]

A.B. has 8 children (6 boys and 1 girl and 1 step-daughter).[citation needed] He is the oldest of all of his siblings Selena Quintanilla and Suzette Quintanilla. He married his longtime girlfriend Rikkie Leigh Robertson on November 4, 2011.[2]

Discography[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lo Nuestro 1996". Premios Lo Nuestro. Univision. Retrieved 2007-06-06. 
  2. ^ "A.B. Quintanilla Marries Girlfriend! (Photos)". January 27, 2012. Retrieved 2013-04-02. 

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