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Freddy Fender Songs, Family, Death, Age and Full Bio

Who is Freddy Fender?

Freddy Fender (born 1937, June 4 – 2006, October 14) was an American Tejano, rock and roll, and country musician, also very well known for his classical and evergreen music.

Freddy is a solo artist in the groups known as Los Super Seven and the Texas Tornados.

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He is known for his 1975 hits “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” and the subsequent remake of his own “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights”.

Freddy was one of the most talented and creative musicians of the ’90s.  He was honored with several prestigious awards in his lifetime including Most Promising Male Artist of the Year in 1975 and Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999.

Freddy Fender Facts

 

Quick Bio

Real Name Freddy Fender
Nick Name Fred
Gender Male
Date of Birth born 1937, June 4 – 2006, October 14
Birth Place San Benito, Texas
Age 66 years old
Birth Sign Gemini
Nationality American
Profession Musician
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Brown
Net Worth $1.5 million

Freddy Fender

Early Life

Where was Freddy Fender born?

Freddy Fender was born in San Benito, Texas. He first made his debut radio performance only at the age of 10. The radio station was named Harlingen, Texas radio station KGBT, singing a then-hit “Paloma Querida”.

Freddy dropped out of high school at the age of 16 in the year 1953. When he turned 17 years old, he enlisted for 3 years in the U.S. Marine Corps.

He even served in a brig several times because of his drinking habit. In August 1956, he was discharged with the rank of private (E-1).

According to Freddy, he received a letter a little late from the U.S. Department of the Navy saying that he was roughly discharged dishonorably because of alcoholism, and he was given a general discharge.

Freddy came back to Texas and played nightclubs, bars, and honky-tonks throughout the south, mostly to Latino audiences.

Regarding education, Freddy attended Del Mar College but has not revealed how much education he has received. However many believe he is very well educated and have a master’s in music and composing.

Career

Why was Freddy Fender famous?

In 1957, he released two of his songs to moderate success in Mexico and South America. He even made Spanish-language versions of Elvis Presley’s “Don’t Be Cruel” (as “No Seas Cruel”) and Harry Belafonte’s “Jamaica Farewell.”

He even started recording his own Spanish version of Hank Williams’ “Cold, Cold Heart” under the title named name “Tu Frio Corazon” (“Your Cold Heart”).

Freddy also became famous for his rockabilly music and his cool personality as Eddie con Los Shades. He then legally changed his birth name Baldemar Huerta to Freddy Fender.

He took his last name Fender from Guitar and amplifier and took his first name Freddy because the alliteration sounded good and would definitely “sell better with Gringos!” After that, he moved to California.

In 1959, Freddy started to record the blues ballad “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights.”

This song was a great hit, but he was more disturbed by some legal problems in May 1960 after he and his band members were got arrested for possession of marijuana in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

After serving for almost three years, he was released and the governor back then was Jimmie Davis who was also a songwriter and musician.

He requested Freddy to stay away from music while on probation as a condition of release.

However, Freddy said during an interview with Fresh Air with Terry Gross that the condition for parole was to stay away from the place where alcohol was served.

At the end of the 1960s, Freddy was back in Corpus Christi, Texas working as a mechanic and also attending a local college named Del Mar College while playing music only on the weekends.

Freddy Fender

Personal Information

What is the height of Freddy Fender?

Freddy Fender stands at the height of 5 ft 10 inches tall and weighs about 76 kg. He has black color curly hair and brown color eyes. His zodiac sign is Gemini.

Freddy Fender is American regarding nationality and belongs to the white ethnicity. He did not reveal his religion till the time of death.

Freddy was very creative and talented from an early age. He did not have much hobby and interest apart from music, songs and performance. He liked to travel a lot and was also fond of books, photography, and adventures.

Death Information

When did Freddy Fender die?

Freddy underwent a kidney transplant in 2002 with a kidney that was donated by his daughter and also went under a liver transplant in 2004.

His condition was still worse because he was suffering from “incurable cancer” in which he had tumors in his lungs. Freddy performed his last concert on December 31, 2005, and started his chemotherapy.

On October 14, 2006, Freddy Fender died at the age of 69. He was suffering from lung cancer. He died in his home in Corpus Christi, Texas with his family beside him.

Relationship

Who did Freddy Fender marry?

In 1957, he married Evangelina Muniz, who survives him. The couple got divorced after he got out of jail in 1963 but again remarried two years later.

They have five children in total. They sadly lost their one son in a Car Accident. The name of their four children are Baldemar Huerta Jr., Marla Ann Huerta Garcia, Tammy Loriane Huerta, and Daniel Huerta.

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Family

Freddy got born to Margarita Garza and her Mexican immigrant husband named Serapio Huerta. He had a wife named Evangelina Muniz.

Regarding siblings, Freddy has several siblings but has not revealed much about their identity and what they do for a living.

Freddy Fender

Awards and Honours

In 1975, Freddy won “Most Promising Male Artist of the Year”. In 1990, He won Grammy Award for Best Album titled Texas Tornados.

Freddy won “Texas Hall of Fame and “Hollywood Walk of Fame” in 1999.

Net Worth

What is the net worth of Freddy Fender?

Freddy Fender was a popular country music veteran who was an expert in classical and bluegrass as well as jazz country music. He amassed very large audiences and fans from all over the world with his evergreen music.

Freddy is also one of the richest musicians of his era. He has gathered a large number of fans as well as income from his primary career as a musician.

Despite his death 14 years ago, Freddy Fender still has a net worth of approximately $1.5 million.

Trivia

  • Freddy Fender birth name is Baldemar Garza Huerta.
  • He worked as an auto mechanic.
  • Freddy was even caught using marijuana
  • His first hit got rejected by a Major Label.
  • He died at the age of 69 and lost his fight with lung cancer.
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