This is a little macabre. I was contacted about this photo of Freddy Fender as a candidate to use for his grave stone.
Unfortunately, I never kept the full resolution version of this photo. Another lesson learned…
I took this photo from my keyboard rig during a Freddy Fender show in Laughlin, NV at Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort and Casino. I didn’t regularly take pictures from the stage. In fact I think it might be the only one I ever took during a show. It must have been during one of his talking segments and I happened to have my camera with me.
I remember when I looked at it later I thought it looked a little “other worldly” – like Freddy facing eternity. I don’t know exactly when I took it – but my guess would be 2003, maybe 2004.
I played keyboards with Freddy from 1996 to 2005 along with Charlie Rich, Jr. and Augie Meyers.
What was Freddy Fender like to work for? Awesome. I really loved him.
Vaya Con Dios Freddy.
FREDDY FENDER STATS
AKA Baldemar G Huerta
Birthplace: San Benito, TX
Location of death: Corpus Christi, TX
Cause of death: Cancer – Lung
Race or Ethnicity: Hispanic
Sexual orientation: Straight
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Before the Next Teardrop Falls
Military service: USMC
Wife: Vangie (m. 9-Aug-1957)
Daughter: Marla Huerta Garcia
University: Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Drug Possession: Marijuana Baton Rouge, LA (13-May-1960)
Kidney Transplant University Hospital, San Antonio, TX (24-Jan-2002)
Risk Factors: Diabetes, Hepatitis, Alcoholism, Kidney Transplant, Marijuana
FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
The Milagro Beanfield War (18-Mar-1988)
Short Eyes (1977)