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Digging deeply into Huey Meaux's vaults, we come up with the geographically linked (everybody's from Texas) compilation, largely centered around six live duets between Sahm and Fender. Fender checks in with six other sides, mostly R&B covers; Sahm also contributes two more tracks of his own in addition to his duet work. The collection closes with five sides by Floyd Tillman, a true honky-tonker to the bone. His takes on "Slippin' Around" and "I Love You So Much It Hurts" are Texas country frozen in time, classic in their execution. A quirky but very interesting collection.


Born: 04 June 1937 in San Benito, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Freddy Fender was one of the few Hispanic stars in country music, a singer and songwriter whose work was defined largely by its strong Latin sensibility. Born Baldemar Huerta to a family of migrant laborers in San Benito, TX, on June 4, 1937, Fender began playing guitar early in his childhood. After dropping out of school at the age of 16 to join the Marine Corps, he released his first Spanish-language recordings under his given name in 1958. While his initial sides were successful with listeners...
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