Freddy Fender (Music Box #14) LbNA # 52295
|Placed Date||Mar 4 2010|
Freddy Fender: Music Box #14
Planted by Viewfinder
(Thanks, Mosiac Butterfly, for clues update after changes to park!)
Freddy Fender is a Grammy award-winning Tejano-country-pop singer. He was born Baldemar Huerta in the Rio Grande Valley town of San Benito, Texas, the son of migrant workers. The first music he played was Tejano, conjunto, Tex-Mex -- the rambunctious combination of polka (from the German settlers of Texas) and traditional Mexican music he learned by watching and listening at weddings and other events in the barrio. The blues music he heard in the picking fields also became part of his own unique style. In 1947, at the age of 10, he made his first appearance on radio. At 16 he joined the Marines, and after his discharge, he played in honky-tonks and dance halls in Texas. He renamed himself, picking Fender from his electric guitar, and Freddy because it was alliterative. His first big hit, "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights," came in 1960. His career was interrupted, however, when he and his bass player were sentenced to two years in Angola Prison for possession of two marijuana cigarettes. After prison, Fender spent some time in New Orleans soaking up rhythm and blues and Cajun funk. He returned to the Rio Grande Valley by 1969, worked as a mechanic and attended college, playing music only on weekends. In 1975 his second big hit, "Before the Last Teardrop Falls," reached number one on the charts, and he was named Billboard's Best Male Artist in 1975. His broad appeal has been reinforced by success with cinema and television, including his breakthrough performance in Robert Redford's "Milagro Beanfield War." His voice has been heard in national radio and television campaigns. In the 90's he has performed with the supergroup Texas Tornados. David Letterman introduced him as "one of the greatest voices in all of music."
To find Freddy Fender's Letterbox: Go to Palmetto State Park (Park Rd. 11 off of Hwy 183, south of Luling). Find the intersection of Palmetto Interpretive trail and Mesquite Falls trail. Facing away from Mesquite Falls Trail, walk to the right on Palmetto trail to the trail sign: Looking Past the Palmetto's. From this sign, take 40 more steps and you'll see a good Stamping Stump beside the trail. Look beyond the Stamping Stump (about 140 degrees, sort of SE) a few feet and see a tree shaped like a V with a smaller tree growing in the middle of the V. Freddy Fender is in this V, hidden by debris. Please recover him well.