Freddy Fender left a lasting legacy to the world of country music. His famous classic hit “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” made him an overnight star. His name was permanently etched in the country scene with just one song and rightfully so, the track was great and is very relatable to a variety of audiences.

Now, let us list down the things that you might want to know about the late Freddy Fender.

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Working as An Auto-mechanic

Life was never easy for Freddy. He was born with migrant laborer parents, so he had to work his way to earn money. He spent several years working in an auto shop so that he could support his family and study at the same time.

Freddy Fender Caught Using Marijuana

At that time, the recreational use of Marijuana was banned in most states. At the height of his success in 1960, Fender was caught using Marijuana and was sentenced to five years in Louisiana’s notorious Angola State Prison. He was given parole under the condition that he stays away from using marijuana again.

His First  Hit was Rejected by A Major Label

It is scary to think that we almost never heard of his classic hit “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” because a major label rejected the song for an unknown reason. It was then picked up by Crazy Cajun recording label, and the song hit both the top of the country and pop charts.

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Becoming an Actor

Not all musicians want to stay as a musician their entire life. When Freddy felt like his music career is slipping away, he tried to change his course and starred in a movie. His only notable appearance was in the 1988 Robert Redford film The Milagro Beanfield War. His acting career did not pan out as he planned and went back to recording music.

Being a Trailblazer

Freddy Fender is one of the very few Hispanic country artists during his time. His real name was Baldemar Huerta. He wanted to pay homage to his culture, so at the age of 18, he released his first Spanish recording. He showed that even someone like him, born with immigrant parents, can make it big.

Listen to one of his songs here:

There you have it, folks! We hope you enjoyed our feature. Happy Birthday in Heaven, Freddy!