Sadly, Baldemar “Freddy Fender” Huerta died today at the age of 69. I saw him play several times, and every time was enjoyable. After my father died, my brother and I made a pilgrimage to Biloxi MS for a weekend to gamble in his honor and spread his ashes on the beach. While there, I saw Freddy play at a casino I’m quite certain was destroyed by Katrina. It was a great show, and I must have been the youngest person there by a good 15 years. He lived a hard life but when he hit the stage he played hard and was a great entertainer. He will be missed.