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Freddy Fender (born Baldemar Garza Huerta; June 4, 1937 – October 14, 2006) was an 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.
Freddy Fender was born on June 4, 1937 in San Benito, Texas, USA as Baldemar Garza Huerta. He was married to Evangelina (Vangie) Muniz. He died on October 14, 2006 in Corpus Christi, Texas.
- Early Years
- Initial Success
- Number One on Pop and Country Charts
- Later Years
- Death and Legacy
- Film Credits
- External Links
Fender was born in San Benito, Texas, United States to Margarita (Garza) Huerta and her Mexican immigrant husband Serapio Huerta. He made his first radio appearance at age 10 on Harlingen's radio station KGBT, singing a then hit, \\"Paloma Querida\\".Fender dropped out of high school at age 16 in 1953, and when he turned 17, he enlisted for three years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served time in the brig on several occasions because of his drinking, and he was court martialed in August 1956 and d...
In 1959, Fender recorded the blues ballad \\"Wasted Days and Wasted Nights\\". The song was a hit, but he was beset by legal troubles in May 1960 after he and a band member were arrested for possession of marijuana in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After serving nearly three years in the Angola prison farm, he was released through the intervention of then-governor Jimmie Davis, also a songwriter and musician. Davis requested that Fender stay away from music while on probation as a condition of his relea...
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. It sold over a million copies and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA in May 1975. His next three singles, \\"Secret Love\\", \\"You'll Lose a Good Thing\\", and a remake of \\"Wasted Days and Wasted Nights\\", all reached number one on the Billboard Country charts. Between 1975 and 1983, Fender charted 21 country hits, including...
In 1989, Fender teamed up with fellow Tex–Mex musicians Doug Sahm, Flaco Jiménez, and Augie Meyers to form the Texas Tornados, whose work meshed conjunto, Tejano, R&B, country, and blues to wide acclaim. When the Texas Tornados went to audition for Warner Bros. Records, Fender did not think that the group was strong enough, so he brought his own band. The audition was nearly a bust, because he played country music and that was not what the executives were looking for. Fender was persuaded to...
On March 13, 2001, Freddy Fender was erroneously reported to be dead by Billboard. He laughed off the magazine's error. He underwent a kidney transplant in 2002 with a kidney donated by his daughter and underwent a liver transplant 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 cance...
In 1988, Fender played the mayor of a small New Mexico town in the Robert Redford–directed film The Milagro Beanfield War. Fender also appeared as Tony in the prison movie Short Eyes, a 1977 film adaptation, directed by Robert M. Young, of the Miguel Pinero play.Fender played the role of Pancho Villa in 1979's She Came to the Valley (later released as Texas in Flames). The movie was directed by Albert Band and based on the book by Cleo Dawson. Fender also appeared as himself in an episode of...
1. Academy of Country Music (1975) - \\"Most Promising Male Vocalist\\" 2. Country Music Association (1975) - \\"Single of the Year\\" for \\"Before the Next Teardrop Falls\\" 3. Grammy nominations in 1975, 1976, and 1997 4. Tejano Music Hall of Fame (1987) 5. Inaugural Balls - Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush 6. Grammy Award for Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album (1990) - for the Texas Tornados 7. European Walk of Fame (1993) - in Rotterdam, the Netherlands 8. Freddy Fender Lane (1994) - d...
1. Tucker, Stephen R. (1998). \\"Freddy Fender\\". In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Editor. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 170–1. 2. John Broven, South to Louisiana: Music of the Cajun Bayous (Gretna, La.: Pelican Press, 1983). 3. Shane K. Bernard, Swamp Pop: Cajun and Creole Rhythm and Blues (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1996).
1. Official website 2. Freddy Fender Museum 3. Allmusic 4. \\"Remembering Freddy\\", National Public Radio, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, October 17, 2006. A remembrance of Fender and his music with other links. 5. Freddy Fender at Find A Grave
Oct 14, 2006 · Freddy Fender (born Baldemar Garza Huerta in San Benito, Texas, USA on 4 June 1937 – 14 October 2006) 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.
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Freddy Fender is credited as Country and rock music singer, and songwriter, Before the Next Teardrop Falls. Freddy Fender, born Baldemar Garza Huerta in San Benito, Texas, United States, was a Mexican-American Tejano, country and rock and roll musician, known
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In 1989, Sahm formed the Tex-Mex supergroup, the Texas Tornados, with Freddy Fender, Augie Meyers, and Flaco Jimenez. The original group recorded seven albums (including two live ones, and a "Best of" collection). Their first album won a Grammy for Best Mexican-American Performance for the song "Soy de San Luis", in 1991.
Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed ), memorial page for Freddy Fender (4 Jun 1937–14 Oct 2006), Find a Grave Memorial no. 16174412, citing San Benito Memorial Park Cemetery, Cameron County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .