WASTED DAYS AND WASTED NIGHTS: Tammy Lorraine Huerta Fender

The true-life story of her famous father, the late Baldemar Huerta – aka Freddy Fender – The King of Tex-Mex. His daughter’s book expresses in intimate detail his rise to success, devastating fall and final redemption bringing to life the impact of a man and family caught in the maelstrom of great celebrity, covering in a compassionate yet forthright manner the shattering addictions that accompanied this fame. The story takes the reader on a journey which covers Freddy’s early life of brutal poverty as a child migrant worker, his years as a U.S. Marine, the shocking arrest and imprisonment of his early 20s and his barrier-breaking singing career as he exploded  – 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.’ – then imploded on an alcohol and drug addiction.