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.