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|Birth name||Abraham Isaac Quintanilla III|
|Also known as||A.B. Quintanilla III
King of Kumbia
December 13, 1963 |
Toppenish, Washington, United States
|Origin||Lake Jackson, Texas, United States|
|Genres||Cumbia, Tejano, Reggae, Latin pop, R&B|
|Occupation(s)||Record producer, songwriter, composer, musician|
|Instruments||Bass guitar, guitar, vocals|
|Labels||EMI Latin (1989–present)
Capitol Latin (2009–present)
Universal Music Latin Entertainment (2012–present)
|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|
Abraham Isaac Quintanilla III (born December 13, 1963), better known as A.B. Quintanilla III or A.B. Quintanilla, is an American record producer, songwriter, 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 (later widower) 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".
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.
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.
A.B. 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. Quintanilla left Kumbia Kings in mid-2006 due to a controversy with member Cruz Martínez. 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 are performing a series of concerts in 2014. Ab signed with Del Records and formed Elektro Kumbia in 2016 since then he has a single out called Pina Colada shot.
Quintanilla has eight children, including sons Svani (b. 1991) and Gianni Quintanilla (b. 2000) as well as four other sons and two daughters born between 1989 and 2007. He is the oldest of the three children of Abraham Quintanilla Jr., including Selena Quintanilla and Suzette Quintanilla. He married his longtime girlfriend Rikkie Leigh Robertson on November 12, 2011. In the movie describing Selena's life, A.B. was played by Mexican-born American actor Jacob Vargas (Rafael Tamayo played the part of A.B. when he was a child). On July 5, 2016, he announced that he was splitting up with his wife after a concert.
- Albums with Selena
- Mis Primeras Grabaciones (1984)
- The New Girl in Town (1985)
- Alpha (1986)
- Muñequito de Trapo (1987)
- And the Winner Is... (1987)
- Preciosa (1988)
- Dulce Amor (1988)
- Selena (1989)
- Ven Conmigo (1990)
- Entre a Mi Mundo (1992)
- Selena Live! (1993)
- Amor Prohibido (1994)
- Dreaming of You (1995)
- Albums with Kumbia Kings
- Amor, Familia y Respeto (1999)
- Shhh! (2001)
- All Mixed Up: Los Remixes (2002)
- 4 (2003)
- Presents Kumbia Kings (2003)
- La Historia (2003)
- Los Remixes 2.0 (2004)
- Fuego (2004)
- Duetos (2005)
- Kumbia Kings Live (2006)
- Greatest Hits (2007)
- Albums with Kumbia All Starz
- Ayer Fue Kumbia Kings, Hoy Es Kumbia All Starz (2006)
- Planeta Kumbia (2008)
- La Vida de un Genio (2010)
- Blanco y Negro (2013)
- Éxitos En Vivo (2014)
- "Lo Nuestro 1996". Premios Lo Nuestro. Univision. Retrieved 2007-06-06.
- (No author.) "A.B. Quintanilla poses with sons for People en Espanol," People.com, "Moms & Babies" section, 7 April 2008.
- "A.B. Quintanilla Marries Girlfriend! (Photos)". January 27, 2012. Retrieved 2013-04-02.