A shirtless Prince performed

A shirtless Prince performed

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Watching Prince as a 16-year-old at Reunion Arena on New Year's Eve in 1984: It will never get better than that, says Dallas Morning News city columnist Robert Wilonsky. Prince performed in Dallas-Fort Worth more than a dozen times over the years, at bygone venues such as Reunion Arena (now a grassy field) and Coca-Cola Starplex Amphitheatre (today's Gexa Energy Pavilion) as well as existing American Airlines Center and McFarlin Auditorium, to name a few.

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After we learned Prince died at 57 years old, we asked fans of his music to recount their favorite memories. Reporter Charles Scudder had his first kiss to "Kiss," for instance:

"We went to the Grapevine Mills movie theater because I had a gift card and when you're 16 you don't have money for real dates. I don't remember if it was our first or second date, but I remember I was still nervous when I put my arm around her. I knew I wanted to kiss her, and my hands were clammy and my heart was beating fast. I was trying to figure out when the right moment was, because I'd never tried to kiss a girl before. Then the Prince song came on. "Kiss." My 16-year old clichéd logic decided it was a sign. I looked at her, she looked up. I leaned in, she met me halfway. "I just want your extra time and your..." --Charles Scudder, How We Live reporter

"My family was a devout Prince household, and for me, the singer is one of the most vivid ties I have to my childhood. “Little Red Corvette” was my favorite song as a kid; I had a pink Barbie corvette that I would drive around and refuse to admit wasn’t red. My parents would put Prince’s vinyls on and we would dance in our living room for hours. Prince’s music spawned my love of funk, disco, synthesizer and all things groovy. I never saw Prince live but never felt I needed to – he’s been a constant source of enjoyment in my life since the day I started appreciating music and luckily his music will live on forever." –Tiney Ricciardi, beer editor

Prince (left) and Wendy perform at Reunion Arena in Dallas in January of 1984.

Prince (left) and Wendy perform at Reunion Arena in Dallas in January of 1984.

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"I went to the Reunion Arena show on New Year's Eve, 1984, with my best friend Michael. Our friend Brooks was dragged onstage by opening act, Sheila E, who sat him down and gave him a private show. Never been more in awe; never been more jealous. Then came Prince -- opened with "Let's Go Crazy," which the audience took as a command. Chaos, madness and joy. Twenty three songs in all, each one a hit, a classic, immortal -- from "I Wanna Be Your Lover" to "Dirty Mind" to, of course. "Purple Rain," which capped the set following an "Auld Lang Syne" for the ages. He played the Forest too, in '04, courtesy Erykah Badu -- its own special landmark moment. But Prince on New Year's, when you're 16? It will never get better than that. Not ever. Not in this lifetime." --Robert Wilonsky, city columnist

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"In middle school, I’d pass a friend’s locker each day in envy of her “Purple Rain” poster. In 2000, I saw Prince on the Hit & Run tour in St. Louis. Could barely see him from the nosebleeds, but grooved nonetheless to each song. Now I often play “7” in the car at the request of my 5- and (yes) 7-year-olds. RIP Prince." –Holly Hacker, education reporter

"I know how to begin this but I won't want to end it. Prince has been with me for a long time. My younger brother was in single digits when "Purple Rain" came out in 1984, and he became infatuated with it. He learned every sonic scream and line of that movie. Of course, I was infatuated with Prince before that. The first piece of pop music that was mine, all mine, was a cassette single -- some enterprising marketer tried to make us call them cassingles -- that had versions of Prince's "Let's Pretend We're Married." Long before Nas or Jay-Z, there was that constant schoolyard question: Prince or Michael Jackson? Then there was that time I was playing DJ at a friend's house party on Swiss Avenue in the late '90s. I put in my treasured The Hits/The B-Sides, Prince's greatest-hits compilation. And someone said, "Hey. I like that. Who is that?" And they were astonished when I said it was His Royal Badness. All they knew of Prince was his radio hits. When they found out about his guitar work, we had them. I was living in Atlanta when he was on his Musicology tour in 2004. Rumor had it that he would change his set list every night.To make sure I heard two of my favorite songs, I bought tickets for every show. It was "Housequake" and "Adore" or nothing. It somehow seems fitting that he was found in his studio; I always picture him at the controls, doing what he and I loved. There's a reason young musicians got press upon getting a stamp of approval from the Purple One. Prince could be all things through his music. Every time he played for a new audience, he came away with new fans. From "Raspberry Beret," which we did the Bus Stop to at summer camp in middle school, to "Gett Off," which the step team danced to in college, there was always another Prince to discover. Even now, I don't doubt we'll discover another one." --Dawn Burkes, TV reporter

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"When I was about 10, my dance class performed to "Raspberry Beret." I adored the song. I sang it all the time and, obviously, had no idea it wasn't just a song about a girl and her hat. It wasn't until years later that I really understood the lyrics. Recently, I played the song for my 3-year-old twin daughters. "I like it," they agreed. "What is this song about?" they asked. "This song?" I asked, giving myself a few seconds to think of an answer. "Yes, this song," one of them said. I found my answer and said, "It's a song about a girl and her hat." -- Jennifer Emily, criminal courts reporter

The news of Prince's death spread on Twitter like wildfire. Some touching responses:

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