On this date (September 18) in 1975, Freddy Fender earned a a gold single with the song “Wasted Days And Wasted Nights."

Fender wrote and recorded the song for Duncan Records in 1959 and re-recorded the song in 1975, the version that became a major pop and country hit, topping the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in August of that year.

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. The song was also a major hit in New Zealand. In 1975, it spent a total of 12 weeks in the number one position in the New Zealand singles charts, making it the longest running number-one single at the time and the third-longest running number-one single of all time.