I just received a phone call from a Tammy Huerta-Mallini from San Benito, who turns out to be the late Freddy Fenderâ€™s daughter. She called to tell me that on June 6 at 10 a.m., the City of San Benito will host a memorial tribute to her dad, along with a dedication of a headstone at his grave at San Benito Memorial Park. Along with a headstone and six monuments commemorating his long career, the gravesite will also include a replica of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Tammy says that Latin-country-pop start Rick Trevino will sing Fenderâ€™s hit â€œBefore the Next Teardrop Fallsâ€ after the dedication.
Fender, born Baldemar Huerta in San Benito in 1937, died in Corpus Christi in 2006. Today, most people remember him for his hits â€œWasted Days and Wasted Nightsâ€ and â€œTeardrops,â€ as well as his roles in the groups Los Super Seven and The Texas Tornados.
Â I canâ€™t be there for the dedication of his memorial, but it promises to be a Â heartfelt and joyous occasion. Call the City of San Benito, 956-361-3804 Ex. 301, for details.Â