Freddy's Wasted Days and Wasted Nights

When I was at ABC Records, Doug Sahm brought us an artist that had been playing around San Antonio and south Texas for years. His stage name was Freddy Fender, and he had great style. John Hale talks about Mr. Fender. -- TDR

A marijuana conviction and subsequent prison sentence got in the way of Freddy Fender having a hit the first time around with his song "Wasted Days And Wasted Nights," back in 1959. Fender (real name, Baldemar Huerta from down in the Rio Grande valley) served his time, and kept his song in mind.

A decade and a half later, he got the chance to go into the studio with ace Texas music producer Huey Meaux and re-record "Wasted Days And Wasted Nights," and this time, nothing got in the way of the song becoming a hit. It climbed to Number One on Billboard's country music chart in 1975, Number Eight on the Hot 100 chart, and Number Nine on Billboard's Easy Listening chart.

Fender would re-record the song a third time in the nineties while a member of Texas music super group The Texas Tornados. This is the 1975 hit version of "Wasted Days And Wasted Nights."

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