Before the Next Teardrop Falls (song)

Before the Next Teardrop Falls (song)

Infobox Single
Name = Before the Next Teardrop Falls

Artist = Freddy Fender
from Album = Before the Next Teardrop Falls
A-side =
B-side =
Released = January 1975
Format = 7"
Recorded = 1974
Genre = country, pop
Length = 2:33
Label = ABC-Dot Records 17540
Writer = Vivian Keith, Ben Peters
Producer = Huey Meaux
Certification = Gold (RIAA)
Last single =
This single = "Before the Next Teardrop Falls"
Next single = "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights"

"Before the Next Teardrop Falls" is an American country and pop song written by Vivian Keith and Ben Peters, and most famously recorded by Freddy Fender.

ong history

The song was written in the late 1960s and had been recorded more than two dozen times. At best, the song had achieved modest success by other performers.

In 1974, record producer Huey Meaux approached Fender about overdubbing vocals for an instrumental track. Fender agreed, performing the song bi-lingual style — singing the first verse in English, then repeating the verse in Spanish.

"The recording only took a few minutes," Fender once told an interviewer. "I was glad to get it over with and I thought that would be the last of it." [ [] Janovitz, Bill, "Before the Next Teardrop Falls," Allmusic]

However, "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" immediately took off in popularity when released to country radio in January 1975. The song ascended to No. 1 on the "Billboard magazine" Hot Country Singles chart in March, spending two weeks atop the chart. Thereafter, the song caught on just as strongly at Top 40 radio stations, and it wasn't long before Fender had a No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit as well.

The song is about a man's undaunted determination to save his heart for the just-departed object of his deep (but unrequited) love, and sincere hope that should the woman's new relationship not work out, she will remember his love and return to him.

A showcase of Fender's fluttering tenor and Meaux's Tex-Mex musical styling, "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" jump-started his career. (Fender's career had stalled in 1960 after his arrest on drug charges. [Tucker, Stephen R., "Freddy Fender," "The Encyclopedia of Country Music", Paul Kingsbury, ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.] ) In the months and years that followed, Fender recorded several bi-lingual standards which became major hits, most notably "Secret Love."


"Before The Next Teardrop Falls" was certified gold for sales of 1 million units by the Recording Industry Association of America. [] The song also won the Single of the Year award from the Country Music Association in 1975, and was instrumental in Fender also winning that year's Album of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year awards. [ [] Country Music Association Awards database]

The 1975 country-pop "half-dozen"

"Before the Next Teardrop Falls" was one of six songs released in 1975 that topped both the Billboard Hot 100 and "Billboard" Hot Country Singles charts. The other songs were "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" by B.J. Thomas, "Rhinestone Cowboy" by Glen Campbell; "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" and the two-sided hit "I'm Sorry"/"Calypso," both by John Denver; and "Convoy" by C.W. McCall.

Cover versions

*On his 2007 album "Fall", country music artist Clay Walker recorded a cover of "Before the Next Teardrop Falls", as a duet with Fender himself.



ee also

*Whitburn, Joel, "Top Country Songs 1944-2005 - 6th Edition." 2006.
*Whitburn, Joel, "Top Pop Singles: 1955-2006," 2007.

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