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Grammy nominated singer and Tex-Mex legend Freddy Fender is to undergo a kidney transplant Jan 24.

(PRWEB) January 11, 2002

Longtime Tex-Mex legend Freddy Fender has been scheduled to undergo a kidney transplant on Jan. 24.

Fender, recently nominated for a Grammy for Latin pop album of the year, will receive a kidney donated by his 21-year-old daughter, Marla Garcia, at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Fender has been suffering from health problems related to hepatitis C and has been waiting for a transplant.

Fender's biggest hits include "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" and "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights." His latest CD is the Grammy-nominated "La Musica De Baldemar Huerta," which will be contending for a trophy on Feb. 27 during the Grammys telecast from LA.

Expert Available to Discuss Fender's impact in music history.

Mr. Ramiro Burr is a San Antonio Express-News' syndicated music columnist and A&E reporter. He is also an author, a Billboard correspondent and a free-lance music writer published by Pulse, Rhythm Music, Cashbox, Latina, Performance and New Country Music magazines, as well as the Houston Chronicle and Austin Chronicle newspapers. His reviews also appear at Billboard. com, Amazon. com and Barnesandnoble. com. Burr's new book, "The Billboard Guide to Tejano and regional Mexican music," by New York publisher BillboardBooks, is the genre's first-ever sourcebook. A nationally recognized music authority, Burr is a regular panelist at major conferences such as Grammy in the Streets, SXSW, Texas Rhythm & Blues Association, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and industry trade groups. Through his experience, Burr has become a professional speaker whose insight and analysis of music, journalism, culture and the arts has been sought by colleges and civic groups including the Smithsonian Institution, Bowling Green University, University of Texas, the University of Houston, Texas A&M, DePaul, Southwest Texas State, Trinity, St. Marys and Rice universities and LULAC

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