Friday, August 04, 2006

Freddy Fender ill with cancer

I read today that Freddy Fender is very ill with inoperable cancer - several tumours in his lungs.
World sends best wishes to Fender
Country Music Star Freddy Fender has Fatal Lung Cancer
Mr. Fender has suffered a number of health problems in recent years, and has had major kidney and liver surgery.

Mr. Fender's real name is Baldema Huerta, and he has recorded under that and a few other names. He started as a Tex-Mex rocker in the 50s, and by the 70s was enjoying huge pop hits with tunes like Before the last Teardrop Falls and Wasted Days and Wasted Nights. In the 90s he joined Tex-Mex supergroup the Texas Tornados, led by the late Doug Sahm and featuring Auggie Meyers and buttonbox whiz Flaco Jimenez. For many, Freddy Fender defined the Tex-Mex Ballad - there are some excellent examples on the first and self-titled Texas Tornados release. If you don't have this recording, by the way, it's time you get a copy. Mr. Fender also sings together with Mr. Jimenez on a fantastic Mexican polka on this collection, called Soy de San Luis, which is sung in English and Spanish.

Fans are hoping for a miracle.

1 comment:

Gardenia said...

Oh being the age I am, I've spent many evening with "Wasted Days & Wasted Nights" & other Freddie Fender songs. How sad, but I guess we can't live forever. But at least he made it to old age unlike some of the other "greats" of his day. I too hope for a miracle - I mean, look at BB King!!!!! Saw him in Concert a couple of years back - what a performer.