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Album Review

An Introduction to Freddy Fender contains 14 tracks highlighting the singer's association with producer Huey Meaux's Crazy Cajun label. Even though Fender's biggest hits, "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" and "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights" (this version is a duet with Doug Sahm), aren't the exact recordings heard on country radio in the mid-'70s, they embody a street-level charm that was forfeited somewhat on the chart-topping versions released on ABC/Dot. Also included are equally admirable covers of "In the Still of the Night," "Vaya con Dios," "Six Days on the Road," and a rendition of "Roses Are Red" sung in Spanish.

Biography

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...
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