Monday, July 01, 2013

Country Club #10 Freddy Fender

This live 1979 recording is different, more bluesy version of Freddie Fender's classic "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights." The original 1960 release had a rock and roll feel. Fender's arrest and imprisonment for marijuana possession stalled its rise im the charts. Fender served several years in prison. until he was pardoned by Gov. Jimmie Davis, a song writer (or song thief) of some reknown.

Fender re-recorded the song in 1975 and it became a big hit. There's a guitar part at the end of this version which presages the 1979 version below.

Jason Ankeny notes, on, that "Freddy Fender was one of the few Hispanic stars in country music, a singer and songwriter whose work was defined largely by its strong Latin sensibility."

Besides his solo work,  Fender made important contributions as a member of the Texas Tornados and Los Super Seven.

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