Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 12:00 am
The world of Tejano music had always been a man’s world, that is, until a young singer from the heart of Texas swept the Tejano nation.
Selena Quintanilla Perez, known simply as Selena started her singing career at the young age of 11, covering songs with her sibling band, Selena Y Los Dinos. As she got older, Selena worked hard to break into the Tejano music scene, an industry that was always predominantly male.
After gaining popularity in Mexico and in the US, she dominated the Tejano music charts during her short career and was the first female singer to have a record achieve gold status.
Sadly, Selena’s career was cut short when she was murdered in March 1995 by her band’s fan club president, Yolanda Saldivar.
Despite having such a short career, Selena made many memorable songs, one of them being a fun, youthful love song titled, “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom.”
Off of her fifth studio album, “Amor Prohibido,” the song’s unusual title was named after the beating sound a person’s heart when excited by love.
Alhough most of her songs were written by her brother A.B Quintanilla, “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” was written by Selena herself, with the help of Pete Astudillo, one of the band’s backup singers.
Selena sings, “cada vez, cada vez que lo ver pasar, mi Corazon se enloquence y me empieza a palpitar: Each time, each time that I see him go by, my heart goes crazy, and begins to pound and beat, and it becomes excited.”
The song was originally unplanned, but after some retouching, the song found its way onto “Amor Prohibito.”
Soon after, the song was regarded as Selena’s signature song and won song of the year at the 1994 Tejano Music Awards.
The song is upbeat and features a reggae style sound that was well received by Selena’s fans.
The song’s lyrics are sweet and bubbly and won the hearts of many listeners.
Growing up in a Hispanic family, Selena was a well-known celebrity to me, and for many years I heard “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” “Como la Flor” and “Baila Esta Cumbia” weekly because my youngest brother was in love with Selena and her songs.
Selena had a style that spoke to hearts young and old, so next time you feel your heart beating because of that special someone, Selena came up with the feeling to describe your affliction: Bidi Bidi Bom Bom.