Freddy Fender [1937-2006]
Baldemar Huerta translated popular rock ‘n’ roll tunes into Spanish and played them for friends in the 1950s. He performed and recorded under many nicknames like “El Bebop Kid,” “Eddie con los Shades,” and “Scotty Wayne” before sticking with the name “Freddy Fender” borrowed from the brand of his guitar.
In 1960 he had a national rock ‘n’ roll hit with Wasted Days and Wasted Nights. After spending time in prison in Louisiana and working at a carwash, he bumped into the well-known producer Huey Meaux from Houston who helped him re-launch his musical career. In the 1970s he recorded several country songs that hit the charts, the first being Before the Next Teardrop Falls. About fifteen years later, he teamed up with the super-group the Texas Tornados.