Ritchie Valens


I believe I may have mentioned that Buddy Holly was my first crush as a kid, but as much as I loved his music, I happened to love the other musicians that died in the same crash nearly as much. La Bamba was one of my favorite singles to bop around the too and that’s definitely coming up soon.

Richard Steven Valenzuela (May 13, 1941 – February 3, 1959), known professionally as Ritchie Valens, was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. A rock and roll pioneer and a forefather of the Chicano rock movement, Valens’ recording career lasted eight months, as it abruptly ended when he was killed in a plane crash.

On February 3, 1959, on what has become known as “The Day the Music Died”, Valens died in a plane crash in Iowa, an accident that also claimed the lives of fellow musicians Buddy Holly and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, as well as pilot Roger Peterson. Valens was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

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Side One

Little Girl

Side Two

We Belong Together

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