With hits like Wasted Days and Wasted Nights, Freddy Fender became one of the first Mexican-Americans to find lasting American pop-music success. Though his earliest successes were rooted in the sounds of early rock and R&B, the gentle-voiced singer — who died Saturday at age 69 after battling lung cancer and other health issues — made a career out of bringing together the musical styles he heard growing up in the Rio Grande Valley.Although many classic songs are familiar to me, it often takes a moment of exception to push my attention to the details. This is the first I'd known to connect Freddy Fender with the song "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights." If the sound escapes your recollection as it did mine, you can listen to a bit of it here.
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