Freddy Fender

Submitted by on Oct 3, 2015

Freddy Fender

Freddy Fender was one of the few Hispanic stars in country music, singer and poet – songwriter, whose achievements were largely defined by its strong Latin emotion.

Author: Olga Gorlanova

Your real name Baldemar Huerta. Born into a family of migrant workers in San Benito, Texas, June 4, 1937. He started playing the guitar since childhood. After leaving school, before joining the Marine Corps, he released his first Spanish-language record under his real name.

His first recording was a success with listeners in Texas and Mexico, and in 1959 he decides to take a stage name, as well as add music notes rockabilly, in order to attract the attention of American listeners. The following year, he released the original compositions «Wasted Days and Wasted Nights», which became his most successful single. But in May 1960, Fender was found guilty of possession of marijuana and was sentenced to five years in the notorious prison “Angola” in Louisiana.

Three years later, he was released on parole, thanks to the efforts of Louisiana Governor Jimmie Davis, with the remark that after the release of Fender will avoid “corrupting influences of the music scene.” Fender tried to rebuild his career, but except for a few night clubs in New Orleans, he has not achieved great success, and ultimately returned to his native San Benito.

In Texas, he spent several years working as a car mechanic, and even returned to school, studying sociology. In 1974, he met the owner of a Houston recording studio «Crazy Cajun»; after signing a contract with him, Fender persuaded to adhere to country style, adding a distinct Latin motives.

The first published «Crazy Cajun» single «Before the Next Teardrop Falls» in the first weeks of 1975 the song reached the top of the country charts, and Fender became a star overnight. Continuing his success, he re-recorded his early hits, «Wasted Days and Wasted Nights», also won first place. Before the end of the year, he released another successful song, «Secret Love», as well as two albums, «Since I Met You Baby» and «Freddy Fender».

In the late seventies, his success continued, especially became popular his single «Living It Down» in 1976. In the same year he released two albums, Your Cheatin ‘Heart »and« Rock’ N ‘Country ». In 1977, he also released a holiday album, “Merry Christmas – Feliz Navidad». In the eighties, his popularity began to decline; After their last song «Chokin ‘Kind» won the charts in 1983, he focused on an acting career, starring in the film, Robert

that Redford’s “War on Milagro Beanfield».

He remained in the shadows as a musician until 1990 when he formed the «Texas Tornados». After three albums the band split up, and Fender again resumed his solo career.

He won a Grammy Award in 1999 for the album «Los Super Seven».

In 2002, Fender was made a kidney transplant donated by his daughter, as well as a liver transplant in 2004. However, his health continued to deteriorate. He was suffering from an incurable form of cancer, tumors appeared in his lungs.

December 31, 2005, Freddie gave his last concert and resumed chemotherapy.

He died on October 14, 2006 of lung cancer at his home in Texas, close to all the family. He lived 69 years and was buried in his hometown of San Benito.

Freddy Fender was the first of the Mexicans, whose name is inscribed in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Freddy Fender Museum was opened on 17 November 2007 in San Benito.

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