Freddy Fender Headstone


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.

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FREDDY FENDER STATS

AKA Baldemar G Huerta

Born: 4-Jun-1937
Birthplace: San Benito, TX
Died: 14-Oct-2006
Location of death: Corpus Christi, TX
Cause of death: Cancer – Lung

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Hispanic
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Musician

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

Grammy twice
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Drug Possession: Marijuana Baton Rouge, LA (13-May-1960)
Bankruptcy 15-Feb-1983
Kidney Transplant University Hospital, San Antonio, TX (24-Jan-2002)
Liver Transplant
Mexican Ancestry
Risk Factors: Diabetes, Hepatitis, Alcoholism, Kidney Transplant, Marijuana

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FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
The Milagro Beanfield War (18-Mar-1988)
Short Eyes (1977)

Official Website:
http://www.freddyfender.com/

2 comments

  • I WISH THEY WOULDNT PUT HE USED WEED OR ALCHOL [IT’S TOO PERSONAL] HE HE WAS A GIANT .STUPID LAWS ON 2 WEED CIGARETS TO SPEND TIME IN PRISON [ I AM ASHAMED LA’ DID THAT TO HIM.HOW CAN I GET HIS BOOK,IS IT OUT? HOW DID HIS WIFE EVER LET THAT HUNK OUT WITHOUT HIS WEDDING RING.HE ONLY HAS ONE CHILD? I THINK I SAW A PIC OF HIM + HER OR WAS THAT HIS WIFE COMING OUT OF A DOORWAY? WHEN THEY MENTIONED HE WAS GOING IN THE HOSPITAL.SHE IS GORGEOUS ,I LIKED HIS HAIR SO MUCH SHORT.I AM A YR OLDER THAN HE IS ,WHAT HAPPENED TO HIS NECK,I HOPE IT WASNT IN THE PEN.HE JUST SANG WITH SUCH FEELING ,I HAVE BEEN SINGING NEARLY ALL MY LIFE IN CHURCH ,SCHOOL FIRST,COME FROM A MUSICALLY FAMILY ON 3 SIDES OF MY FAMILY ,I TOO FEEL THE SINGER IS TO SING THE TIME LIKE THEY FEEL ,TOO.THEY TOLD HANK WILLIAMS ,YOU CANT DO THAT HOLD A NOTE TOO LONG HA HE WAS THE ONE TOO BUT SINCE I HEARD TEARDROPS THAT WAS ITTTTT.HOW CAN I GET PICTURES OF HIS WIFE + GIRL.PLEASE ANSWER TO MY EMAIL ,OK? JO

  • Carlitos Frazier

    Just the best. What he delivered was supreme. I have no concern about his private life. I am kind of angry that you left us so early.

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