American guitarist, songwriter and author best known as lead guitarist for the Tejano band Selena y Los Dinos. He married the frontwoman of the group, Selena, on April 2, 1992. Perez grew up in San Antonio, Texas as one of two children of Gilbert Perez and Carmen Medina. In 1986, he joined Shelly Lares' band. By the late 1980s, Perez was reputed among Tejano musicians for his guitar skills. This caught A.B. Quintanilla's attention; at the time, Quintanilla was seeking another guitarist for the band he produced, Selena y Los Dinos. Between one and two years after Perez joined the band, he and Selena began a personal relationship.