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Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Freddy Fender born 4 July 1937

Freddy Fender (June 4, 1937 – October 14, 2006), born Baldemar Garza Huerta in San Benito, Texas, United States, was a Mexican-American Tejano, country and rock and roll musician, known for his work as a solo artist and in the groups Los Super Seven and the Texas Tornados. He is best known for his 1975 hits "Before the

Next Teardrop Falls" and the subsequent remake of his own "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights".

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. 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.

In the late 1990s, Fender joined another supergroup, Los Super Seven, with Los Lobos' David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas, Flaco Jiménez, Ruben Ramos, Joe Ely, and country singer Rick Trevino. The group won a 1998 Grammy in the Mexican-American Performance category for their self-titled disc.n 2001, Fender made his final studio recording, a collection of classic Mexican boleros titled La Música de Baldemar Huerta that brought him a third Grammy award, this time in the category of Latin Pop Album.

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. (Info edited from Wikipedia & All Music Guide)


boppinbob said...

For Freddy fenders Greatest Hits go here:

Disc 1
1. Wanted Days And Wasted Nights
2. The Chokin Kind
3. Just A Moment Of Your Time
4. The Clock
5. Please Mr. Sandman
6. Amor Secreto (Secret Love)
7. Cowboy Peyton Place
8. Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
9. Crazy Baby
10. These Arms Of Mine
11. Vaya Con Dios (May God Be With You)
12. My Tears Are Falling Tonight
13. Amor De Secunda (Third Rate Romance)
14. Its Raining
15. Roses Are Red
16. Leave A Light In The Window
17. You Made Me A Fool
18. Love Me Tender
19. In The Still Of The Night
20. Before The Next Teardrop Falls

Disc 2
1. Estare Conitgo Cuando Triste Estas (Before The Next Teardrop Falls)
2. Dias Y Noches Perdidas (Wasted Days And Wasted Nights)
3. Juegos (Tell It Like It Is)
4. Stormy Monday
5. My Blue Heaven
6. Hablame (Talk To Me)
7. You Send Me
8. Tu Se Vas (Youll Loose A Good Thing)
9. Yesterday
10. Crazy
11. Si Me Das Tu Amor (Im Leaving It Up To You)
12. Triste Amor (Breaking Up Is Hard To Do)
13. Margaritiaville
14. Six Days On The Road
15. Un Momento (Just A Moment)
16. Big Boss Man (Duet With Doug Sahm)
17. Lost In The Fifties (Duet With Doug Sahm)
18. Youll Loose A Good Thing
19. Jambalaya (On The Bayou)
20. For The Good Times

zephyr said...

Thanks Bob as much as I really like Freddy I have never read his bio before :)