My music playlist for today (July 16, 2012 edition)

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:

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.

About A View From The Middle (Class)

Hi, my name's John. I've thought about this blogging stuff for a number of years now. I got into it for real on November 10, 2011, after suddenly losing my job in late October. I've been blogging ever since, and I kept it up over a period of a year and four months of being unemployed or under-employed, to try and paint a picture of what being jobless with a family to support can be like. Finally, on February 28, 2013, I got a better job that puts us back into the "middle class." I won't stop blogging, though. Who knows, maybe I can actually turn this blogging stuff into a way to earn a living someday! If you go to my blog at and click on my About page, it'll tell you a lot about me -- maybe more than you ever wanted to know. I'm just your average, laid-back guy who's GOING TO MAKE IT IN THIS WORLD, despite all the roadblocks thrown in the way. I also launched a "niche" blog on music at that I'm very excited about because of the popularity of music playlist articles here. Also, check out and "Like" this blog's Facebook page at for instant updates. Look forward to seeing y'all around!
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