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Date News Posted: July 14, 1997

The leader of the second oldest group of western musical groups died today, Hi Busse leader of the famed "FRONTIERSMEN" passed away . Hi, one of the greatest human beings around, had skin cancer and day by day it just took it's toll. Hi had retired and had moved back to Tome, New, Mexico>at least that was his intentions but after a few months his love for what he had spent a lifetime doing got to him and he started another group, and they were great. Some things you can change, some things you can't, this was one of those things he couldn't change and today the curtain came down.

Freddy Fender was born Baldemar Huerta in San Benito, Texas on June the 4th. 1937, the late 50's and early 60's found Freddy working the bars trying to make a buck and farther into the 60's he found himself in jail up to 1963 on a pot charge. After jail more bar work and what ever it took to make a living. 1974, what a year that was for Freddy Fender, a song that one time he said he didn't particularly like or want to sing but evidently his manager did so "Before The Next Teardrop Falls" was recorded part English , part Spanish and all hit: it went to the top of the country charts and the pop charts and the follow up "Wasted Days And Wasted Nights" went to number one country and pop. A few years ago Freddy teamed up with Flaco Jimenez and two members from the Sir Douglas Quintet, Augie Meyers and Doug Sahm and the "TEXAS TORNADOES" were born. Freddy Fender is a great entertainer by himself or with the "TORNADOES" .

Johnny Paycheck was born Donald Eugene Lytle in Greenfield, Ohio on May the 31st 1941 and although there is a lot of story in between we'll skip on to the good part where in 1978 he hit big time with the David Allen Coe song "TAKE THIS JOB AN SHOVE IT" a phrase that some folks still use today. Sometime in 1985 he shot a guy during a little misunderstanding in a bar room scuffle and a bar led to bars and jail and while there his second volume of "Greatest Hits"went gold. Johnny has had some great songs planted in wax "Georgia In A Jug", "Colorado Kool-aid", "Barstool Mountain" and 17 more pages of great hits. Last time I heard from Johnny he was living down in Kentucky and it looks like he is working on some more juke box hits. We hope to see him soon when he's out California way.

 

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