Hhhhmmmm, can I think up another theme for the playlist this week?  I believe I’ve already started with one, so why not follow through with a “Latino week.”

Johnny Rodriguez (left) and Freddy Fender (right). (Photo credit: pwfaa.org)

For this week’s country music playlist, I’ll go with two big names from the 1970s — Johnny Rodriguez and Freddy Fender.

Both Rodriguez and Fender were born in Texas, they both infused Latin sounds in their music (singing part of the time in Spanish), and they both topped the charts — Rodriguez with six No. 1 songs, Fender with four among the eight tunes that cracked the top 10 on the country and pop charts.

You could say their music was a novelty because some of their biggest hits were sung in English and Spanish, but that seems to lessen the fact that those songs were and still are popular to this day.


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