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Dame Tu Amor (song)

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"Dame Tu Amor"
Song by Selena
from the album Alpha
Recorded 1986
Genre Ranchera, cumbia
Length 3:43
Label GP Records
Songwriter(s) Abraham Quintanilla, Jr., Ricky Vela, Richard Brooks
Producer(s) Thomas Hernandez

"Dame Tu Amor" (English: "Give Me Your Love") is a song recorded by American recording artist Selena for her second LP record, Alpha (1986). Lyrically, the narrator addresses her infatuation to give her his love as she is longing for him to do so with a kiss that ensures admiration for her. The themes explored in the song suggest solicit love. "Dame Tu Amor" is a ranchera ballad with cumbia influences. It was composed by Richard Brooks, Ricky Vela, and Selena's father and manager, Abraham Quintanilla, Jr.. Critics praised the song for its instrumentation and lyrical content and has since been in several compilation albums following Selena's death in 1995.[1] "Dame Tu Amor" peaked at number 31 on the US Billboard Hot Ringtones chart in 2006.

Background and composition[edit]

"Dame Tu Amor" was written in 1985 by Richard Brooks, keyboardist for Selena y Los DinosRicky Vela—and Selena's father and manager, Abraham Quintanilla, Jr.[2][3] Selena was 14 years old during recording sessions for the song,[2] and it was later included on her second LP record, Alpha, in 1986. The recording was arranged by Brian "Red" Moore, a family friend, and Ray Paz.[2] Rolando Hernandez performed the guitar parts, while Vela used his keyboards to record the piano parts of the song.[2] While additional vocals were provided by former guitarist of the group, Roger Garcia.[2]

Critical reception and release[edit]

"Dame Tu Amor" was well received by music critics. Josh Kun of Salon noted that the remix version, found on the triple box-set Anthology, has "enough brass and string to make it sound like a Bacharach-penned ranchero."[4] Mario Tarradell of The Dallas Morning News called the recording an "infectious cumbia [song]."[5] The recording has been released in several compilation albums including, Anthology (1998),[6] Y Sus Inicios, Vol. 1 (2003),[7] Y Sus Inicios, Vol. 2 (2004)[8] and Classic Series, Vol. 1 (2006).[9]

Chart performance[edit]

On the week ending September 23, 2006, "Dame Tu Amor" debuted and peaked at number 31 on the US Billboard Hot Ringtones chart.[10]

Chart (2006) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Ringtones[10] 31


  1. ^ Villafranca, Armando; Reinert, Patty (1 April 1995). "Selena: 1971-1995/Singer Selena shot to death/Suspect nabbed after standoff". Houston Chronicle. Hearst Corporation. Archived from the original on 21 June 2007. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Thor, Christensen (22 March 1998). "Selena's dad digs up early material for anthology". The Dallas Morning News. Thor, Christensen: "A song titled 'Dame Tu Amor,' which Mr. Quintanilla wrote and Selena originally recorded when she was 14, has been transformed from a Tejano number into a [...]" 
  3. ^ Suzette, Quintanilla (2006). Classic Series, Vol. 1 (Compact disc). Selena. Q-Productions. p. 4. 635750012128. Quintanilla, Suzette: "Last but not least, a song that also made the album was 'Dame Tu Amor', which was the first song my dad co-wrote with Ricky." 
  4. ^ Ken, Josh. ""Anthology" memorializes the slain Tejano pop star". Salon. Salon Media Group. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Tarradell, Mario (14 September 1997). "Gary Hobbs sparks fiesta celebration Stampede, Jennifer Pena alsostir crowd at Artist Square". The Dallas Morning News. Tarradell, Mario: "Original material such as the infectious cumbia 'Dame Tu Amor'." 
  6. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Anthology". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Y Sus Inicios, Vol. 1". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Y Sus Inicios, Vol. 2". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  9. ^ Leggett, Steve. "Classic Series, Vol. 1". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Hot Ringtones > September 23, 2006". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on 7 October 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2012.