Freddy Fender Exhibit

Freddy Fender inside

About Freddy Fender


Texas Folklife Resources calls "Freddy Fender an icon and the most significant Mexican-American singer, writer and musician in musical history."

The Freddy Fender Museum gives those who love Freddy Fender’s music a rare glimpse at his roots and what made him such a significant entertainer to so many. Freddy Fender’s music career was ignited in the late 1950s when he recorded Spanish-language versions of Don’t Be Cruel and Jamiaca Fairwell, which were chart-topping hits in Mexico and South America. He first recorded and had regional success with Wasted Days and Wasted Nights in the 1960s, but in the 1970s the song, along with his signature, Before the Next Teardrop Falls, propelled Freddy to International stardom. In 1975, he won the Academy of Country Music’s Best New Artist award. This was the first of many major awards that Freddy would receive throughout his life.

In more recent years, he co-founded the Texas Tornados with Flaco Jimenez, Augie Meyers and Doug Sahm, toured as a solo artist, and as part of Tejano super group, Los Super Seven. A multi-Grammy Award winner, Mr. Fender performed for US presidents, governors and sold-out audiences worldwide. With music awards in 4 decades, numerous movie and TV credits, he continued to perform to sell out audiences from Vegas to Amsterdam until 2005.

Freddy was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999 for his contribution to music. Now you can enjoy Freddy’s story in his own words of his humble beginnings to the height of fame as an international recording star.

See his Grammy awards, his Harley Davidson and costumes worn in various performances. The legend, and the spirit, of Freddy lives on in San Benito, Texas.

Freddy's likeness is painted on one of the City 's water towers, located on US Expressway 77/83 in San Benito. 

A tribute monument where Freddy is buried, includes granite markers with bronze plaques the showcase his discography, image and awards. A copy of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is also included at  the site, located at San Memorial Park on North FM 2520 in San Benito.