Freddy Fender – Wasted Days & Wasted Nights

The song became a major pop and country hit, topping the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in August 1975.On other charts, "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights" went to number eight on the Billboard Hot 100, and number nine on Billboard's Easy Listening chart.

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Cover Single Wasted Days and Wasted Nights 1975
Cover Single Wasted Days and Wasted Nights 1975

“Wasted Days and Wasted Nights” is an American country and pop song recorded by Freddy Fender. It is considered by many to belong to the swamp pop idiom of south Louisiana and southeast Texas that had such a major musical impact on Fender.

Fender wrote and recorded “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights”, a blues ballad, for Duncan Records in 1959, during the early stages of his career. He was in the process of perfecting his mesh of rockabilly and Tejano, and the song showcased his new style. But he was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana, and in May 1960, he was convicted. The popularity of the song, along with his own popularity, plummeted.

Fender also recorded a Spanish-language version, entitled “Noches y dias perdidos”



Cover LP Before the Next Teardrop Falls 1974
Cover LP Before the Next Teardrop Falls 1974

Then, in 1975, “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” became a major hit for Fender, and his career was rejuvenated. With the help of record producer Huey P. Meaux, Fender re-recorded “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights.” The basic track for this song was engineered by Mickey Moody at Ben Jack’s Recording Studio in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. Session players included Bruce Ewen on piano, Bill Hamm on guitar, David Hungate on bass, and Bob Ketchum on drums. This time, the song became a major pop and country hit, topping the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in August 1975.On other charts, “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights” went to number eight on the Billboard Hot 100, and number nine on Billboard’s Easy Listening chart.

B-side “I Love My Rancho Grande”
Released June 1975
Recorded 1959 (original)
1975 (hit version)
Genre Country, pop, swamp pop
Length 2:52
Label ABC-Dot Records 17558
Songwriter(s) Wayne Duncan, Freddy Fender and Huey Meaux
Producer(s) Huey Meaux




Freddy Fender – Wasted Days & Wasted Nights lyrics

Wasted days and wasted nights,
I have left for you behind
For you don’t belong to me,
Your heart belongs to someone else.

Why should I keep loving you,
When I know that you’re not true?
And why should I call your name,
When you’re to blame
For making me blue?

Don’t you remember the day,
That you went away and left me?
I was so lonely,
Prayed for you only,
My love.

Why should I keep loving you,
When I know that you’re not true?
And why should I call your name,
When you’re to blame
For making me blue?

Don’t you remember the day,
That you went away and left me?
I was so lonely,
Prayed for you only,
My love.

Wasted days and wasted nights,
I have left for you behind
For you don’t belong to me,
Your heart belongs to someone else.

Why should I keep loving you,
When I know that you’re not true?
And why should I call your name,
When you’re to blame
For making me blue?

Single Wasted Days And Wasted Nights 1975
Single Wasted Days And Wasted Nights 1975

 

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