October 15, 2006


Freddy Fender, 69, Legend in Texas and Country Music, Dies (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, 10/14/06)

He hit it big in 1975 with “Before the Next Teardrop Falls,” which climbed to No. 1 on the pop and country charts. His success came after years of struggle in which he had had only regional success and done a stint in prison.

That same year, “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights” rose to No. 1 on the country chart and the Top 10 on the pop chart. [...]

More recently, he played with Doug Sahm, Flaco Jimenez and others in two Tex-Mex all-star combos, the Texas Tornados and Los Super Seven.

He won a Grammy for Best Latin Pop Album in 2002 for “La Musica de Baldemar Huerta.” He also shared in two Grammys: with the Texas Tornados, which won in 1990 for best Mexican-American performance for “Soy de San Luis,” and with Los Super Seven in the same category in 1998 for “Los Super Seven.”

Among his other achievements, Mr. Fender appeared in the 1988 motion picture “The Milagro Beanfield War,” directed by Robert Redford.

In February 1999, Mr. Fender was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with help from Gov. George W. Bush, who wrote to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce endorsing him.

John Hiatt was in town last night and dedicated a song in his encore to Freedy Fender--Across the Borderline, which he wrote with Ry Cooder and James Dickinson and Mr. Fender recorded for the film The Border.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 15, 2006 9:09 AM

You went to see John Hiatt? Cool.

Posted by: JimBobElrod at October 15, 2006 10:40 AM

Hadn't seen him in almost twenty years. Heck, hadn't seen anyone in 15....

Posted by: oj at October 15, 2006 10:51 AM

Wasted Days and Wasted Nights (turn up volume):


Posted by: Pepys at October 15, 2006 1:28 PM