EP 42 - Wasted Days & Wasted Nights: The Freddy Fender Story

Summary: Freddy Fender rose from poverty to musical success, battled addiction, and found peace through religion.
Air Date: 5/30/18
Duration: 43:13
Host: Dr. Ward Bond
Guest Bio: Tammy Lorraine Huerta Fender, Author
Tammy FenderTammy Lorraine Huerta Fender has divided her father’s autobiography into two books. The first book explores Freddy’s struggles as he achieves the great American dream. The sequel delves into the darkness of the addictions that ravaged his and his family’s lives, forcing Freddy to the realization that he needed a divine intervention. The story of Freddy’s ultimate healing and hard-won sobriety is a searing story of faith and redemption. Tammy states that in writing a frank, realistic book that tells the true story of her father’s life, she is honoring her father’s last wish; Freddy wanted an authentic, uncompromising book to be written about his life. And readers will see that his daughter Tammy has done just that, conveying in honest prose the tale of a child migrant worker with a passion for music who picked cotton, a three-string guitar and achieved the great American Dream.
  • Book Title: Wasted Days & Wasted Nights: A Meteoric Rise to Stardom
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EP 42 - Wasted Days & Wasted Nights: The Freddy Fender Story
Fame can be amazing. However, many famous people get caught in the trappings of addiction.

Tammy Lorraine Huerta Fender tells the gospel truth about her father, Freddy Fender. Known as the King of Tex-Mex, Freddy wanted the whole truth of his life to be honestly shared.

Freddy was a Mexican-American singer who rose from the depths of poverty, breaking free from a life spent picking cotton and rising to a life spent picking guitar. In his youth, in 1956, he was the first to record and sing Spanish rock and roll; he was known as the “Mexican Elvis” and called “El Bebop Kid.” In the mid-1970s, Fender would become famous literally overnight as a rock ‘n’ country megastar with his first two monster hits “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” and “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights.”

Instantaneously, his records crossed over the Billboard country charts into the rock and pop charts, each rising to No. 1. He was given a Country Music Association award for “Single of the Year” and an Academy of Country Music award as “Most Promising Male Artist” in 1975. His voice and charismatic personality also made him a nationwide television celebrity in the ‘70s and ‘80s.

During his last 21 years of sobriety, Freddy sought spiritual redemption, practiced forgiveness and made amends in his daily life; he came to lead by example with the aid of his higher power Jesus Christ. Freddy Fender was known to millions of people across the world as “an ordinary man who had extraordinary God-given talents.”

Listen as Tammy joins Dr. Bond to share her memories of her father’s life of adversity and redemption.

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