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Obit: Freddy Fender, Tex-Mex singer (Oct. 14, 06)

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Subject: Obit: Freddy Fender, Tex-Mex singer
From: Genie
Date: 14 Oct 06 - 06:20 PM

Freddy Fender died today at age 69 from complications from lung cancer.
More info from Yahoo.com


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Subject: RE: Obit: Freddy Fender, Tex-Mex singer
From: Genie
Date: 14 Oct 06 - 06:24 PM

He was born Baldemar Huerta. I guess Freddy Fender has a better "commercial" ring to it.   There's even a special model guitar made for him called the "Freddy" (by Fender).

I enjoyed Freddy's music.   Sad he'd had so many health problems.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Freddy Fender, Tex-Mex singer (Oct 06)
From: Amos
Date: 14 Oct 06 - 07:15 PM

SOrry to see him pass; he left some great songs behind.


A


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Subject: RE: Obit: Freddy Fender, Tex-Mex singer (Oct 06)
From: M.Ted
Date: 14 Oct 06 - 07:29 PM

A great talent--he brought tex-mex/norteno music out of the shadows and into the mainstream--and never moved away from his roots--if anything, the most recent stuff he did, with The Texas Tornados, an Los Super Seven, emphasized the roots.

He was always a combination of rock and roll and norteno music, and that makes him a folk/traditional performer, and, one of the most successful--he'll really be missed--


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Subject: RE: Obit: Freddy Fender, Tex-Mex singer (Oct 06)
From: catspaw49
Date: 14 Oct 06 - 07:33 PM

I liked him for whatever that's worth. A very pure voice and he filled a niche. He left behind a great many renditions that marked himas the artist he truly was, but as with many others, had he only done one (in his case, "Before the Next Teardrop Falls") it would have been enough and without it the genre would have been lessened.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Obit: Freddy Fender, Tex-Mex singer (Oct 06)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 14 Oct 06 - 08:07 PM

Sorry to hear about his death. He did much to bring the country's attention to the music of the Hispanic southwest.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Freddy Fender, Tex-Mex singer (Oct 06)
From: Rapparee
Date: 14 Oct 06 - 08:35 PM

Damn shame. He'd had a kidney or liver transplant recently, I think.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Freddy Fender, Tex-Mex singer (Oct. 14,
From: Áine
Date: 14 Oct 06 - 09:26 PM

I just found out about this. So sad. He was a beautiful vocalist, and he will be missed. It's nice that the folks on the 'Cat can remember him.

All the best, Áine


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Subject: RE: Obit: Freddy Fender, Tex-Mex singer (Oct. 14,
From: Greg B
Date: 14 Oct 06 - 09:30 PM

"If he brings you happiness..." Saw him at Alameda County
Fair (CA) around 1977 on one of my first 'real' dates. He
was kinda done with is big pops career by then. But still
a great performer.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Freddy Fender, Tex-Mex singer (Oct. 14,
From: katlaughing
Date: 14 Oct 06 - 09:36 PM

I just saw this, too. I had a lot of respect and affection for him and his music. I was working at the radio station when he came out with When the last teardrop falls and immediately bought the albun, which is almost worn out. I will miss him, very much.

Adios, mi amigo

kat


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Subject: RE: Obit: Freddy Fender, Tex-Mex singer (Oct. 14, 06)
From: GUEST,Allen in OZ
Date: 15 Oct 06 - 02:17 AM

Freddie Fender will be missed here in Australia too.

Remember the song. "Yes I kissed her but I almost , I almost called your name".

AD1943


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Subject: RE: Obit: Freddy Fender, Tex-Mex singer (Oct. 14, 06)
From: Peace
Date: 15 Oct 06 - 02:35 AM

That man gonna live for one long time yet.
Thanks Freddy.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Freddy Fender, Tex-Mex singer (Oct. 14, 06)
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 15 Oct 06 - 06:10 AM

when i was in a country band, people used to request Wasted days, Wasted Nights.

To my eternal shame I never learned it.

Try to keep the customer satisfied.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Freddy Fender, Tex-Mex singer (Oct. 14, 06)
From: gnu
Date: 15 Oct 06 - 06:27 AM

Gosh... lot of memories. RIP Freddy.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Freddy Fender, Tex-Mex singer (Oct. 14, 06)
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 15 Oct 06 - 06:43 AM

Sad news indeed.

"Before the Next Teardrop Falls" was a gem of a song, and to this day is the only piece of Spanish I can recite fluently.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Freddy Fender, Tex-Mex singer (Oct. 14, 06)
From: Bugsy
Date: 15 Oct 06 - 07:10 AM

Sad news indeed. He were good, were Fred.

No more wasted days and wasted nights.

Cheers


Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Obit: Freddy Fender, Tex-Mex singer (Oct. 14, 06)
From: Ron Davies
Date: 15 Oct 06 - 11:41 AM

What a shame he's gone--and that's pretty young, too.

I sing "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" every day--love the Spanish verse especially.   And Jan loves the song. It's so great that he sang bilingually. I have the CD by that title--and there are some Spanish verses to "After the Fire Is Gone" and "Wild Side of Life" that I've been trying to get. I even started a thread for help on it--and I have most of the words now--but still missing a few. Maybe I'll resurrect the thread.

Also, Peace, those are delightful videos.   The Texas Tornados are a GREAT band--I've loved Flaco Jimenez for a long time. Do you know how I could buy the video "Who Were You Thinking Of?"--that one was just wonderful. I've tried to do it through i-Tunes. It seems they only offer big-name stars. Which Freddie, unfortunately, hasn't been for a while.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Freddy Fender, Tex-Mex singer (Oct. 14, 06)
From: Big Mick
Date: 15 Oct 06 - 11:59 AM

Estimado Sr. Baldemar Huerta,
En ocasión de su dejar esta tierra, ¡Apenas deseo felicitarle en un trabajo bien hecho! Usted tomó la música de su juventud y de su gente, y dicho el mundo cómo es orgulloso usted estaba de ser una parte de ellos. Usted hizo que la gente sonríe, y con su música, usted hizo esta tierra un lugar mejor. Le faltaremos aquí, pero sea feliz que conociéndole esté en una cierta compañía musical bastante buena. Cuando su su vuelta a cantar, sea seguro hacerlo en español.

El dios le sea bueno,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Obit: Freddy Fender, Tex-Mex singer (Oct. 14, 06)
From: Ron Davies
Date: 15 Oct 06 - 02:08 PM

Very impressive, Mick. Maybe you can help me with the request for the Spanish lyrics to Wild Side of Life--I've resurrected the thread.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Freddy Fender, Tex-Mex singer (Oct. 14, 06)
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Oct 06 - 02:43 PM

translation of Mick's Spanish eulogy above :

User Name Thread Name Subject Posted
Big Mick Obit: Freddy Fender, Tex-Mex to singer (Oct. 14, 06) (19) RE: Obit: Freddy Fender, Tex-Mex to singer (Oct. 14, 06) 15 Oct 06

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Dear Mr. Baldemar Orchard,

In ocasi?de his to leave this earth, Apenas desire to congratulate to him in an affluent work done! You tom?a m?ca of its youth and its people, and said world c? he is proud you you were of being a part of them. You did that people sonr? and with his m?ca, you made this earth better a place. It will need aqu?pero is happy that conoci?ole est?n certain compa? quite good musical comedy. When their their return to sing, is safe to do it in espa.

The God is good to him,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Obit: Freddy Fender, Tex-Mex singer (Oct. 14, 06)
From: Ron Davies
Date: 15 Oct 06 - 08:41 PM

Except that Mick didn't take it directly from Babelfish. For some reason he thought it was worthwhile to have it make sense.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Freddy Fender, Tex-Mex singer (Oct. 14, 06)
From: Bobert
Date: 15 Oct 06 - 08:41 PM

Sniff.... I loved Freddie....


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Subject: RE: Obit: Freddy Fender, Tex-Mex singer (Oct. 14,
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 15 Oct 06 - 08:51 PM

I saw Freddy play a concert a few years ago. It was long after his big hits and the crowd was rather small. If I recall he only had a couple of back up musicians, and I don't think he was enjoying great health. In any case he still put on a good show, and he sang all of his big hits.
I would have loved to see him under better circumstances.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Freddy Fender, Tex-Mex singer (Oct. 14, 06)
From: Big Mick
Date: 15 Oct 06 - 09:00 PM

Yeah, Ron, some folks will try anything to take a shot.

If you spoke instead of using translators, you would know that I am saying something close to:

Dear Mr. Baldemar Huerta (Freddy Fender's real name),

On the occasion of your leaving this earth, I would like to take the opportunity to say, "good job". You took the music of your youth, and of your people, and you let the world know how proud you were to be what you are. You did it with a smile, and the world is a better place for your being here. We will miss you here, but know that you will be in great musical company. When it is your turn to sing, don't forget the verses in Spanish.

God be good to him,

Mick

That isn't an exact translation, but it is close.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Freddy Fender, Tex-Mex singer (Oct. 14, 06)
From: Effsee
Date: 15 Oct 06 - 09:12 PM

Vaya con Dios Amigo. RIP.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Freddy Fender, Tex-Mex singer (Oct. 14, 06)
From: Genie
Date: 16 Oct 06 - 01:03 AM

Ron (Davies),
Can you please post the lyrics to the Spanish verse Freddy did to "Teardrops?"

I don't know why, but I've had a hard time finding them when I google the song and ask for them.

Thanks,

Genie


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Subject: RE: Obit: Freddy Fender, Tex-Mex singer (Oct. 14, 06)
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Oct 06 - 01:46 AM

jusr for Genie ...

If he brings you happiness,
Then I wish you all the best.
It's your happiness that matters
Most of all.

But if he ever breaks your heart,
If the teardrops ever start,
I'll be there
Before the next teardrop falls.

Si te quiere de verdad,
Y te da felicidad,
Te deseo lo mas bueno pa' los dos.
Pero si te hace llorar,
A mi me puedes hablar.
Y estare contigo cuando triste estas.

I'll be there
Anytime you need me
By your side
To dry away
Any teardrops that you cry.

And if he ever leaves you blue,
Just remember - I love you.
And I'll be there
Before the next teardrop falls.

I'll be there
Before the next teardrop falls.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Freddy Fender, Tex-Mex singer (Oct. 14, 06)
From: Genie
Date: 16 Oct 06 - 04:12 PM

I'm going to post this first and then read Ron's translation to see how close I came.

I understand Spanish a little but am not even close to being fluent. But when you use the online translators, you have to apply your own knowledge of idioms to make sense of the weirdnesses those "translators" often spew.

Here's what I came up with, from WorldLingo's Online Translator coupled with my knowledge of several Romance languages plus English.

Dear Mr. Baldemar Orchard,
On the occasion of your leaving this earth, we want to congratulate you on a job well done! You took music of your youth and your people, and told the world how proud they should be you were a part of them. You made people smile, and with your music, you made this earth a better place. You will be missed here, but be happy to know that you will surely be in very good musical company. When it is your turn to sing, be sure to do it in Spanish.
May God be good to you.

(Now I'll go see how close that was.) LOL


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Subject: RE: Obit: Freddy Fender, Tex-Mex singer (Oct. 14, 06)
From: Genie
Date: 16 Oct 06 - 04:18 PM

OK, I see I got one part wrong, but I was close.

Guest, thank you so much for posting those lyrics.   From having heard Freddy sing the song many times but not having the Spanish lyrics in front of me, every time I try to wing it, the Spanish verse tends to morph into:
"Si mi queras escribir ...

Which is a whole nuther song.

Genie


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Subject: RE: Obit: Freddy Fender, Tex-Mex singer (Oct. 14, 06)
From: Ron Davies
Date: 16 Oct 06 - 10:43 PM

I think it's "Then I wish you both the best" (not all the best), but I'm pretty sure, aside from that, Guest has it right.

But I can't take any credit (or blame) for translation ( or mistranslation) of Mick's eulogy. I'm sure he's much better in Spanish than I am.

And I still would like some help, if possible, with the Spanish verse to Wild Side of LIfe. I have most of it--resurrected the thread again.

Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Freddy Fender, Tex-Mex singer (Oct. 14, 06)
From: GUEST,guest, NJ teacher
Date: 10 May 07 - 01:05 PM

Aine,

I am posting here b/c the thread I found was so old that I didn't know if you would get the message...

I recently came across a Melody Flute and I was wonering if it would be possible to track the age of it through the serial number.

Do you still have yours and is there any way to find a manufacture date for these things?

Thanks
NJ teacher


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Subject: Lyr Add: WASTED DAYS AND WASTED NIGHTS (F Fender)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 21 Aug 13 - 10:43 PM

Since this is the only thread about Freddy Fender, I might as well post this here then:


WASTED DAYS AND WASTED NIGHTS
As recorded by Freddy Fender, 1959.

1. Wasted days and wasted nights
I have left for you behind,
For you don't belong to me,
Your heart belongs to someone else.

2. Why should I keep loving you,
When I know that you're not true?
And why should I call your name,
When you're to blame for making me blue?

3. Don't you remember the day
That you went away
And left me?
I was so lonely,
Prayed for you only,
My love.

REPEAT 2, 3, 2


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Subject: RE: Obit: Freddy Fender, Tex-Mex singer (Oct. 14, 06)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 22 Aug 13 - 12:40 PM

One of a kind.

Several of his recordings are on youtube.


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