May 20

Freddy Fender’s First No.1 Album, Before the Next Teardrop Falls


Today in country music, Freddy Fender‘s album Before the Next Teardrop Falls reached number one on the country chart. His album catapulted his career in country music. The album contains eleven tracks and he wrote one song in it, “I Love My Rancho Grande.” He released two singles from the album which both had placed at number one on the chart.

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Freddy Fender/ Photo via Reprise Records

Before Freddy Fender Became Famous

Before Fender became famous, he performed in night clubs singing songs translated in Spanish. He even made his rendition of Hank Williams‘ “Cold, Cold Heart.” Fender recorded or performed in the rockabilly style of music. He even had his own band yet, he was charged with possessing marijuana with his bandmate. This, therefore, kept Fender’s music career on hiatus.

Chart-topping Album, Before the Next Teardrop Falls

When he returned in 1974, Fender made a name in the country music world, even crossing over to the pop chart. His album Before the Next Teardrop Falls reached number one on the country album chart. Furthermore, it also secured a spot in the Billboard 200.

Singles from the Album

Fender released singles “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights” and “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” from his album. Both performed well on the chart as it reached number one. His single “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” became his signature song, and it was his first number one to cross over the top of the pop chart.

The album, together with the singles released, were gold-certified by RIAA.

Signature Song

“Before the Next Teardrop Falls” is a country song written by Vivian Keith and Ben Peters. The song was not an original recording of Fender. It was recorded by various artists before Fender got the chance to make his version. It was Fender who made the song popular, and it also won Song of the Year on the CMA Awards show. Aside from bringing home the award for Song of the Year, Fender also won Album of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year.

Check out his single here.


Before the Next teardrop Falls, Freddy Fender, Wasted Days and Wasted Nights

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