Over several decades, the country genre has been home to artists that go outside of traditional boundaries. While the classic sound is in most high-demand, there are a few tunes that go beyond those measures. One classic country artist proved that taking risks in the genre could end in a series of successes. Freddy Fender, an English and Spanish singing artist, showed us that.
About Freddy’s Legacy
Fender was a Mexican American Tejano country musician. Although he dabbled in rock and roll, he is most recognized for his country style. Fender began making an impression at a very young age, having his first radio performance debut at age 10. His 1959 ballad, “Wasted Days and Wasted Night” was his first ever hit. It wasn’t until 1975 though when Fender released “Before The Next Teardrop Falls” that his career took off.
The single was a No.1 hit across several charts including Billboard country. His following three singles all reached No.1 on the Billboard charts making way for an overwhelming amount of successes. He went on to chart 21 country hits, selling millions on each track.
A Moving Moment
“Before The Next Teardrop Falls” became a worldwide fan favorite for years to come. In a vintage live performance, Fender took the stage to perform the famous hit. Dressed from head to toe in a denim getup, Fender began singing the soulful tune. After the first chorus, he switched over and sang the second verse in Spanish.
Freddie Fender: Wasted Days, Wasted Nightshttps://youtu.be/COD6F_Fh5Rk
His graceful voice paired with the classic country sound was the perfect mix. The heartbreak song tells the story of wishing happiness for a lost love amidst going separate ways.
“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.”
The bilingual song challenged the limits of classic country music, forever breaking the glass ceiling on the genre.
Chet Atkins, Dolly Parton, Freddy Fender, and Les Paul at the Grammys