A Day the Music Died, 2012

December 9, 2012 was the day the music died for millions of Latino fans of Dolores Janney Rivera, when the young, beloved entertainer was killed in a fiery airplane crash.  Known as Jenni Rivera, the Mexican American singer, songwriter, television producer and entrepreneur was born in Long Beach, California in 1969.  Rivera became pregnant at age 15 with the first of her five children.  In the determination and verve that characterized her life, Rivera earned her GED at a continuation school and graduated as valedictorian. Rivera’s musical style was characterized as banda, a traditional regional Mexican music, to which she brought a deeply personal and contemporary panache. Rivera sold more than 15 million albums worldwide and was nominated at four of the annual Latin Grammys.

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