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Freddy Fender: Tex-Mex - Greatest Hits (LP)
In 1975, after some 20 years of fighting the hard times while trying to make his name in the music business, Texas born Baldermar Huerta suddenly found himself the dynamic, 'new' sensation of the U.S. country music scene with the waves of success flowing over into pop and rock realms. The title of the song that made it all happen was 'Before The Next Teardrop Falls' and the name of the sensation was Freddy Fender. And, as if to prove that he wasn't just a one shot wonder, he quickly followed up with a second million seller,'Wasted Days And Wasted Nights', a raunchy rhythm 'n' blues offering that he had originally recorded (and made a regional hit) back in 1960.
The Freddy Fender story is truly amazing and clearly shows the singer's determination to make it, come what may. It wasn't easy. The son of migrant farm workers, Freddy served his musical apprenticeship amidst the beer joints of his native San Benito during the mid 1950s and, by the decade's end, was making his first recordings, in Spanish, which built him a steady following in Texas and the Mexican border area. A drug bust in 1960, followed by three years in jail and a parole condition that forbid any connection with the entertainment business, called a halt to his ambitions for several years, and he eventually returned to music while holding down a day job as a mechanic and attending college. Then, in 1974, he met up with Louisiana's legendary r&b record producer, Huey Meaux, leading on to Freddy recording-- as he states -- 'songs in English for the gringos' while maintaining his output of 'all Spanish' material. 'Before The Next Teardrop Falls' was among the first songs recorded and, with the combination of the singer's unique vocals, lyrics performed in part English, part Spanish and Huey Meaux's simplistic but tight production, the single quickly rose to number one on the country charts and then broke over to the pop market. Freddy Fender had arrived, and with a style that was distinctly his own.
This album contains sixteen of Freddy Fender's finest performances to date, including two further number ones — 'Secret Love' (that old movie song, clearly showing that the FenderMeaux partnership was prepared to take on all manner of material) and 'You'll Lose A Good Thing' — as well as half a dozen other high chart entries, such as that famed country classic 'The Wild Side Of Life' and a song that perhaps might seem more appropriate to the singer's own musical heritage, 'Vaya Con Dios'. But nothing is predictable about Freddy Fender and his music stretches across the widest spectrum. Likewise with Huey Meaux's production which successfully combines the areas of country, rock and rhythm 'n' blues and, with 'We'll Take Our Last Walk Tonight' even excels his usual high standards as he brings in a 15 piece black gospel choir to accompany the singer's lead vocals on this Doug Sahm evergreen.
Freddy Fender's success was born out of the years of paying his dues, and those days can hardly he better remembered than with his '50s Medley' which concludes this album package. He dedicates the selection to those "wonderful workhorse musicians like me who do not only remember the 50's, but have lived through them:' Freddy Fender continues to keep traditions alive.
Album compilation and sleeve notes by Tony Byworth
Artikeleigenschaften von Freddy Fender: Tex-Mex - Greatest Hits (LP)
|Fender, Freddy - Tex-Mex - Greatest Hits (LP) LP 1|
|01||Before The Next Teardrop Falls||Freddy Fender||
|02||Wasted Days And Wasted Nights||Freddy Fender||
|03||Secret Love||Freddy Fender||
|04||I Can't Put My Arms Around A Memory||Freddy Fender||
|05||Wild Side Of Life||Freddy Fender||
|06||Vaya Con Dios||Freddy Fender||
|07||Livin' It Down||Freddy Fender||
|08||I Love My Rancho Grande||Freddy Fender||
|09||We'll Take Our Last Walk Tonight||Freddy Fender||
|10||Sugar Coated Love||Freddy Fender||
|11||The Rains Came||Freddy Fender||
|13||Don't Do It Darling||Freddy Fender||
|14||If You Don't Love Me (Why Don't You Leave Me Alone)||Freddy Fender||
|15||You'll Lose A Good Thing||Freddy Fender||
|16||50s Medley||Freddy Fender||
geb. 4. 6. 1937 in San Benito - TexasRecord Labels: Duncan, lmperial, Goldband, Power Pak,Dot, ABC, GRT, Starfiite, Warner BrothersErster No. 1 Hit: Before The xt Teardrop Falls (1975)Baldemar G. Huerta, er nannte sich später Freddy Fender,ist Amerikaner, mexikanischer Abstammung, ein sogenannter Tex-Mex. Mit lispelnder, scharfer Stimme beganner in den 50er Jahren mit Rock & Roll und Tex-Mex-Music,ohne jedoch größeres Aufsehen zu erregen. Dann saß er einpaar Jahre im Angola State Prison und wurde nach seinerEntlassung von dem Produzenten Huey Meaux langsam,aber systematisch aufgebaut. Gleich sein erster Hit ,BeforeThe Next Teardrop Falls“ kam auf Platz 1 der CountryCharts. Noch im gleichen Jahr folgten zwei weitere No. 1Erfolge. Freddy Fender war etabliert. Dennoch, er konnteseinen Höhenflug nicht beibehalten und Ende der 70erJahre war er wieder bei mittleren Chartpositionen angekommen. Auch die 80er Jahre sahen Freddy Fender nur imunteren Viertel der Charts.
a.k.a. FReddie Or Freddy Fender American Tejano and country music star Freddy Fender is truly one of the most famous performers gracing this compi- lation. He was born Baldemar Garza Huerta on June 4, 1937 in San Benito, Texas, to Margarita Garza and Serapio Huerta. Serapio presented young Baldemar a handmade guitar he had built out of a metal sardine box when Baldemar was only five years old. At the age of 10, Baldemar made his debut radio performance on radio station KGBT in Harlingen, Texas. After dropping out of school in 1953 at the age of 16, he spent some of his teenage years with the U.S. Marine Corps, being discharged in August of 1956. Baldemar returned to Texas and started performing in juke joints, bars, nightclubs, and honky-tonks, mostly to Latino audiences.
Still performing under his original name of Baldemar Huerta, he signed a recording contract with newly launched Falcon Records out of Mission, Hidalgo County, Texas. Owner Arnaldo Ramirez, Sr. had founded the label to record Spanish language versions of popular rock and roll and pop tunes of the time. Huerta stayed with Ramirez’ label until 1959. The first releases were issued as by Baldemar Huerta con Los Romanceros, then as El Bebop Kid, and fi- nally as Freddie Fender. Huerta had actually already changed his name legally to Freddy Fender, claiming “it would sell better to Gringos!” Fender switched to Duncan Records in mid-1959, shortly af- ter the label was founded by Wayne Duncan in Harlingen. Recordings that Fender made for Duncan were released un- der various names and pseudonyms: Freddie or Freddy Fender, Eddie Medina, Scotty Wayne and Eddie con Los Shades.
Duncan managed a leasing deal with Los Angeles’ Imperial Records for several Fender recordings. Album re- leases followed on the Ideal and Norco labels out of San Benito, Texas. After Fender had scored his first hit, Wasted Days And Wasted Nights, in May of 1960, his career stopped when he and a band member got arrested for possession of marijuana in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Three years at Louisi- ana State Penitentiary followed until he was released through an intervention by Governor Jimmie Davis, who was a singer and songwriter of You Are My Sunshine fame. The 1970s were Fender’s most successful period of his ca- reer. In 1974, his Before The Next Teardrop Falls was a #1 hit on ‘Billboard’s’ country and pop charts. Secret Love, You’ll Lose A Good Thing, and a remake of Wasted Days And Wasted Nights all reached #1 on Billboard’s country charts.
Freddy’s swamp pop country sound scored 21 country hits between 1975 and 1983. Fender formed The Texas Torna- dos together with Doug Sahm and Augie Meyers of The Sir Douglas Quintet and Flaco Jiménez in 1987, mashing their own sound out of Tejano, conjunto, rhythm and blues, coun- try, swamp, and rock and roll. Five albums and a Grammy resulted in 1990. Fender joined the next super group in the late nineties: Los Su- per 7, with David Hidalgo and César Rosas (both of Los Lobos), Flaco Jiménez, Rick Trevino, Joe Ely, and Ruben Ramos. The result was another Grammy in 1998. He cut his final recordings in early 2001 and performed his last concert on December 31, 2005. Freddy Fender died from cancer at the age of 69 at his home in Corpus Christi, Texas on October 14, 2006...
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