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Freddy Fender

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San Benito, Texas, USA (1959 – 2005)

Freddy Fender (born Baldemar Garza Huerta in San Benito, Texas, USA on 4 June 1937 – 14 October 2006) was a Mexican-American , 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”.

In 1959, Fender recorded the blues ballad “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights.” The song became popular in 1959, but he was beset by legal troubles after he and a band member were arrested for possession of marijuana. After a two years in Louisiana’s Angola prison farm, he was released through the intercession of Gov. Jimmie Davis, also a songwriter and musician. Davis requested that Fender stay away from music while on probation as a condition of his release. By the end of the 1960s, Fender was back in Texas working as a mechanic, and attending a local junior college, while only playing music on the weekends.

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In 1974, Fender recorded “Before The Next Teardrop Falls.” The single was selected for national distribution, and became a number one hit on the Billboard Country and Pop charts. His next four singles, including a remake of “Wasted Days”, all hit the number one spot on the Billboard Country charts. During the next few years, Fender had several major country hits, including the No. 1 hits “Secret Love” (1975) and “You’ll Lose a Good Thing” (1976).

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  • marjo47

    Unforgettable great song and singer.

    15 Mar 6:28pm Reply
  • congkiller1966

    great!!!!!!!!!

    18 Feb 12:59am Reply
  • Eyeball057

    Freddy was once asked in the early '90's by a morning news show if he would ever cut his hair. Freddy replied in that thick Texas Valley accent, "I've thought about it, but I'd look too much like Sadam Hussein". - I don't know, maybe you had to be there to find it funny

    1 Jun 2013 Reply
  • BallerCraig

    The Duncan 1959 7" of "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights" gives me a high.

    29 Apr 2013 Reply
  • KenColgate

    You're rlight Israel316 ..A thoughtful post for a great artist

    16 Jun 2012 Reply
  • srv_

    El Bebop Kid!

    10 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Manoloxines

    Aii an el Rancho grande ay donde vivia...Damn this takes me back!Love it!

    31 Jul 2011 Reply
  • bigfanofmusic

    This man is great! Love his music, thats why i gave him a place in my group with many more classic country artists. Country from the 50s & 60s, take a look and join if you want =)

    7 Apr 2009 Reply
  • openchapter

    How is everyone arrested in Louisiana for pot? the must just look for Texas plates because they think we are rich over here in Texas.

    4 Mar 2009 Reply
  • ISRAEL316

    VAYA CON DIOS FREDDY IS IN GOOD HANDS

    25 Feb 2009 Reply
  • todayntamale

    muy fantastico

    1 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Steamdiamond

    freddy was real

    18 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Richex

    Why should i stop lov'n this?

    7 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Richex

    I can't stop lov'n it,Freddy...Roll on!

    7 Dec 2008 Reply
  • lynchjm

    i love this song!

    17 Jun 2008 Reply
  • aogilmor

    When I was growing up I never would have given FF his due, but I rediscovered him in 2002. Do yourself a favor and look up some of his Tejano music. Great stuff - old rock classics (in Spanish), some Mexican folk stuff, country/Mex mix, just a great smorgasbord of offerings from a very talented country/western/blues/rock/Mex/Tejano artist....RIP Freddy.

    29 Apr 2008 Reply
  • grahamgilly2003

    one of the very best love to all

    28 Apr 2008 Reply
  • grahamgilly2003

    freddys music will live on forever

    28 Apr 2008 Reply
  • grahamgilly2003

    i have been listening to frddy since the seventies and his music will live forever cant wait to see folks in belize i have never yet met to introduce them to that golden voice

    27 Apr 2008 Reply
  • Hossinfeffa

    Rest in peace, Freddy. I thank you for making my childhood even happier with your music.

    21 Oct 2006 Reply
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