Baldemar G. Huerta, 4 June 1937, San Benito, Texas, USA, d. 14 October 2006, Corpus Christi, USA. Fender, a Mexican-American, came from a family of migrant workers who were based in the San Benito valley. A farm worker from the age of 10, Fender reminisced how he worked beets in Michigan, pickles in Ohio, baled hay and picked tomatoes in Indiana. When that was over, it was cotton-picking time in Arkansas. Fender sang and played guitar along with the blues, country and Mexican records he heard on the radio, which eventually developed into his own hybrid style. He joined the US marines in 1953, spending his time in the brig and eventually being dismissed for bad conduct. Referring back to his military service, he later stated, It has taken me 35 years to have my discharge changed from bad conduct, and this means I am now eligible for a military funeral.
Fender began playing rockabilly in Texas honky tonks in the late 50s...
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