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Freddy Fender

Freddy Fender was one of the few Hispanic stars in country music, a singer and songwriter whose work was defined largely by its strong Latin sensibility. Born Baldemar Huerta to a family of migrant laborers in San Benito, TX, on June 4, 1937, Fender began playing guitar early in his childhood. After dropping out of school at the age of 16 to join the Marine Corps, he released his first Spanish-language recordings under his given name in 1958.

While his initial sides were successful with listeners in Texas and Mexico, in 1959 he decided to adopt his stage name, along with a stronger rockabilly feel, in order to attract "gringo" audiences. The following year, he released the self-penned "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights," his most successful single yet. But in May of 1960, Fender was convicted of marijuana possession, and was sentenced to five years in Louisiana's notorious Angola State Prison (the same correctional facility which once held blues legend Leadbelly). After serving three years, he was paroled thanks to the efforts of Louisiana governor Jimmie Davis, on the condition that upon Fender's release he stay away from the corruptive influences of the music scene. After his parole ended, Fender tried to re-ignite his career, but with the exception of a few scattered nightclub gigs in the New Orleans area, he found little success, and ultimately returned to San Benito.

In Texas, he spent several years working as an auto mechanic, and even returned to school to pursue a degree in sociology. In 1974, he met Huey P. Meaux, the owner of the Houston-based Crazy Cajun label; after agreeing on a recording deal, it was Meaux who convinced Fender to steer in the direction of country & western while maintaining his music's Hispanic roots. After Fender's first Meaux-produced single, "Before the Next Teardrop Falls," failed to attract the attention of a major label, it was released on Crazy Cajun; in the first weeks of 1975, the song hit the top of both the country and pop charts, and Fender became an overnight star. For the follow-up, he re-recorded his early single, "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights," and notched his second straight number one country hit. Before the year ended, he had released yet another chart-topper in "Secret Love," and also issued two LPs, Since I Met You Baby and a self-titled effort.

Throughout the remainder of the '70s, Fender's success continued, most notably with the number two single "Living It Down" in 1976. That same year, he released two more albums, Your Cheatin' Heart and Rock 'N' Country. In 1977, he also issued a holiday record, Merry Christmas/Feliz Navidad. As the 1980s dawned, however, his popularity began slipping; after his final chart hit, 1983's "Chokin' Kind," he focused on an acting career, highlighted by an appearance in the 1988 Robert Redford film The Milagro Beanfield War. He remained largely silent as a musician until 1990, when he formed the Tex-Mex supergroup Texas Tornados with Doug Sahm, Flaco Jimenez, and Augie Meyers. After three albums, the group disbanded, and Fender again resumed his solo career. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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for someone i once loved who left me all to soon. rest in the arms of the angels
Freddie could jam
His music remains me of the good old days.
FREDDY FENDER WAS A GREAT SINGER MY FAMILY LISTENED TO HIS MUSIC THROUGHOUT OUR LIVES, HE WAS MY MOM'S FAVORITE SINGER :)
grniqt2706
Always and still loved Freddy!
Awé. I love freddy fender's músic..remin d s me of my mom n dad! :)
Love his music always
Good honest clean music...I'm 34 and lime the hell out if ol' Fender!
Greatest singers in rio grande valley history
Love his music always.
The best country music love wasted days wasted nights, before next teardrop fall , saludos desde sacramemto CA
Is he still alive
My daddy loved Freddy Fender now I do...
Josey he was great saw him in grand junction colorado years ago with fito livares
Grate song

Freddy used to steal one shoe from girls at dances, ask my sisters. I was born in San Bene, that's what we called San Benito. I didnt have to pay to hear him play, we would just stand close to the door at "El Jardin" .
One of my mom favorite singer
Freddy was and will always be my favorite singer. It was a total surprise for me when my Son took me to see Freddy sing, in Ventura California. At the end of the concert my son took me up on the stage and told Freddy. Freddy today is my moms birthday and I grew up hearing your muisic.my mom use to sing and dance with the song wasted days and wasted nights. So I think she deserves a kiss and a hug from you. Freddy said, Seguro que si mi hijo, and he gave me a hug and a kiss. God love him.
Y it happens. ... -who knows. :-(
love this song brings back memories of someone i loved and died to young. puppy love!!
elcowboy188
The old music siempre sera' una de las mejores para los recuerdos
Freddy Fender is a always will be a Texas's legend and part of Texas history ..!!!
gonz805
I HAVE FRIENDS IN OXNARD CA THAT WERE FREDYS NEIGHBORS IN SAN BENITO TEJAS
gonz805
RIP FREDDIE FENDER!!!
gs_esfeller5 9
Que bello theme Freddy Fender lindo recuerdo
I remember when he and mad dad would get my uncle to come over from houston, just so they could go thru memory lane. I can remember all the noise they would make. good times. I miss all three of them.
comprud2004
the best ever to sing country
I am in shock, I can not beleive my Freddy Fender is gone since 2006, Hope he didnot suffer a lot, God is taking care of his soul now, be in peace my greatest Freddy Fender. I will always remember you and I am thankful that you left all your songs. Lots of love
I love freddy Fender your music..=)
Freddy Fender underwent a kidney transplant in 2002 donated by his daughter and a transplant of the liver in 2004. Nonetheless, his condition continued to worsen. He was suffering from an incurable cancer in which he had tumors on his lungs. On December 31, 2005, Fender performed his last concert and resumed chemotherapy .

He died in 2006 at the age of 69 of lung cancer at his home in Corpus Christi, Texas, with his family at his bedside. He was buried in his hometown of San Benito
jimenezric
I saw Freddie in concert 4 times, We miss you Freddy. Great Tequilq and Beer drinking Music.
ladybird304
FREDIE FENDER IS GREAT
leonmirta
I love Freddy Fender. He has a beautiful voice. We will remember him forever and ever after.
Freddy Fender sigh
starbright07 me too!
star8bright0 7
I loved Freddy Fender and wish I had more of his music to enjoy.
i love Freddy Fender. I have a brother who sorta resembles Freddy (they both mexicans) We used to tell my brother he was adopted and that Freddy was his daddy. When we moved to Oklahoma from Texas in the late 60's. Some of our friends beleived us for a long time. I think some still do. Its funny what kids used to do for fun and pranks.
hurleyj3
I read these postings and most are in the past tense. I hope he is still w/us! I grew up in a Menominee (Native American) and Mexican home and it was standard issue our house. My mom died when I was young and recently at a yard sale I bought an eight track player and a tape of Fredy Fender's. I laid int he sun on my porch, listened to his music, smiled and cried and talked to my mom that day!
jmarie2627
WASTED DAYS & WASTED NIGHTS AND BEFORE THE NEXT TEAR DROP FALLS ARE MY ALL TIME FAVORITES... . I LOVE YOU FREDDIE FENDER MAY GOD BLESS UR FAMILA ALWAYS!!!!!
Good music is good without a backstory
No none knew that he was a former Marine, I did when he was a parade marshall in Laredo, Tx., Veteran's Day. He was a nice gentleman. Vaya con Dios Freddy!
joycemcoving t o n
freddie fender was always my favorite 70's, 80's, 90's and still today. his music will always ring in my ears.
Im Mexican living in Las Vegas was introduced to Freddy music one night having a party in my house by this guy who is 20 years old from Texas. He sayd likes his music alot. Now went im going to the bar close by my houseiI ask the guys whow playing music there to play for me wasted days and wasted nights
leagans3
I have wasted many days and nights listening to Freddie Fender. His music makes me think of my mother, she loved it. My husband is Mexican and he loves "before the next teardrop falls"
streamsidela u r e l
We have a tape of his music in our old Ford pickup and when ever we start a trip.. it is while singing Wasted Days and Wasted nights....
Im from Texas now I no why my mother loved freddie fender..I will never forget listening to his music.Ive had some waisted days and waisted nights let me tell you..lol.
My Dad went to school with Freddy in San Benito! He's always been a favorite of the families. They have a picture of him on the water tower in San Benito to honor him. Great guy, great music!
Freddy Fender is one of my top favorites... L o v e the Blues & Country Music And oh yes...Toby K., Brooks & Dunn, Willie & Waylon
And where is T G Sheppard...c h e c k him out!
juliesappare l
Waisted Days and Waisted Nights was my favorite song when I was little girl.
Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Freddy!!!!!! ! ! ! ! w h a t more is needed to be said!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! .
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