05/05/1995 at 01:00 AM EDT
In the course of the last week of February, the stage of the Houston Astrodome offered a parade of country superstars: George Strait, Reba McEntire, Clint Black, Vince Gill. But the undisputed hit of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was Selena, making her third consecutive appearance. Her performance on Sunday, Feb. 26, set an attendance record of 61,041 fans for the livestock show.
It also was destined to be the final live performance in a 14-year career that included thousands of shows in bars, clubs, auditoriums and stadiums.
Selena—the first half of a program that included another young Tejano superstar, Emilio Navaira—bounded onstage in a form-fitting, purple-spangled pantsuit with flaring bell-bottoms. While two male dancers swiveled behind her, she kicked off with a salsa-accented medley of '70s disco hits "On the Radio," "Funkytown," "I Will Survive" and "Last Dance."
"Selena was her usual sultry, high-energy self," wrote Claudia Perry, a Houston Post music critic, who was impressed by the singer's ability to be both vulnerable and sensual. "You still get a sense there's a girl from Lake Jackson up there having a good time."
Then, after 55 minutes, Selena danced offstage to the screams of a packed stadium, and was gone.