05/05/1995 at 01:00 AM EDT
Selena's schedule was by no means all work and no play. Even at work, she played. Band members recall the way she would sing mock opera and dance through the aisles on the tour bus. On an airplane, she once grabbed the flight attendant's mike and started singing, then donned an apron and asked her startled fellow passengers what they would like to drink. Selena, says her father, Abraham, "was always clowning around."
Once, in the middle of a performance, she blacked out one of her front teeth with a sunflower seed to discombobulate her duet partner. "The audience couldn't see it, but he could," recalls Suzette. "He busted out laughing." During a 1985 appearance with the Tejano band La Mafia, she removed the cream filling from of a trayful of Oreos, replaced it with toothpaste and offered the doctored delicacies as a snack. Fortunately for La Mafia, Abraham spotted the Oreos first. "He ate one," says Suzette. "Then he turned to us and said, 'Hey, these cookies are good. They taste kind of minty.' "