He was born Balemar Garza Huerta in San Benito, Texas, and went on to become a Tejano country artist with hits that include “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights” and “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” before becoming a founding member of the Texas Tornadoes. Who is he?





















Freddy Fender. He adopted that name believing that “gringo” audiences could remember it more easily than Balemar Huerta.