Selena: Story Behind “Dreaming of You”


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Selena Quintanilla’s impact on music will forever be remembered. In fact, when you think of all the hits she had throughout her career, one of the first songs that comes to mind is “Dreaming of You.” The ballad, which was released in July 1995, was the lead single from her 1995 posthumous album of the same name, and explores the feelings of falling in love. Composed by Franne Golde and Tom Snow, “Dreaming of You” was originally written for The Jets, but they ended up passing on it and it eventually found its way to Quintanilla.

“She did give it her all and I think it comes across when you hear the song.”

“I remember ‘Dreaming of You’ — and I’ve said this story a couple of times in interviews, I think, where that song did mean a lot,” Quintanilla’s husband, Chris Pérez, previously recalled to E! News. “I remember she recorded that one in Corpus . . . and I didn’t get to be there when she was tracking it because I was doing something, I was working on another project at a time [for] her father . . . She called, and she . . . really wanted me to go over and check it out, the song. Looking back on it now, it seems kind of sad, but at the time, you know, we don’t know what’s going to be happening in the next couple of days or weeks. And so, it’s just one of those things. That’s what we did. I was in the studio plenty of times with her, her with me. And this was just one of the times where, you know, I just couldn’t make it . . . Looking back on it now and reliving that, I know that she was calling me because she was really proud of her performance on that song. And I know she did love it, you know, and she did give it her all and I think it comes across when you hear the song.”

Quintanilla’s brother, A.B. Quintanilla, who was the mastermind behind some of her greatest hits was actually not a fan of “Dreaming of You” when he first heard it. Even so, the album went on to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in August 1995, and “Dreaming of You” remains one of Quintanilla’s biggest hits to date.

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Owen May
Owen May is the editor-in-chief of AllStocksNews. He has a master's in economics and you will find him covering various topics.


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