Late Tejano singer Freddy Fender will be honored April 15 with the dedication of a Texas state historical marker in his birthplace, San Benito.
The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. at 143 Freddy Fender Lane in San Benito.
Fender, whose real name was Baldemar Garza Huerta, died at age 69 in 2006. He burst onto the national scene with his 1975 hit “Before the Next Teardrop Falls”, which climbed to No. 1 on the pop and country charts.
In the same year, “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights” rose to No. 1 on the country chart and the top 10 on the pop chart. “Secret Love” and “You’ll Lose a Good Thing” also reached No. 1 on the country charts.
Fender won a Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album for La Musica de Baldemar Huerta. He also shared in two Grammys, one with the Texas Tornados for best Mexican American performance and another with Los Super Seven in the same category.
Fender was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999 after then-Gov. George W. Bush wrote to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce endorsing him.