Fender Slated for Kidney Transplant

Freddy Fender will get a kidney transplant in January at the University of Texas in San Antonio. The donor will be his daughter, Marla Huerta Garcia. Doctors hope the surgery will make life substantially better for Fender. A new album, La Musica de Baldemar Huerta, comes out Feb. 12 on Backporch/Virgin. The set includes new versions, in English, of the Fender chestnuts “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” and “Secret Love.” All other tracks are in Spanish. 12/10/01