Ritchie Valens ‎– Donna / La Bamba

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The ballad "Donna", an ode to Ritchie Valens' high school girlfriend, was the featured title on the original October 1958 release of this single, and reached #2 in the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1959.

The B-side, an upbeat, rock & roll reworking of the Mexican folk song "La Bamba", peaked at #22 in 1959, but became the featured title on reissues after the success of a 1987 Ritchie Valens biopic of the same name. The soundtrack used a faithful cover by Los Lobos rather than Valens' original mono, unpolished recording. The Los Lobos version reached #1 in a half-dozen countries, and the Top 5 in a half-dozen more.

Since he had only spoken English since birth, Valens learned the lyrics of "La Bamba" phonetically from his grandmother.

Tracklist

Donna 2:20
La Bamba 2:05

Versions (77)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
4110 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single) Del-Fi Records 4110 US 1958 Sell This Version
4110 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7") Del-Fi Records 4110 US 1958 Sell This Version
4110 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single) Del-Fi Records 4110 US 1958 Sell This Version
4110 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single) Del-Fi Records 4110 US 1958 Sell This Version
HL.7068 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single) London Records HL.7068 UK 1958 Sell This Version
453 119 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single) Heliodor 453 119 Germany 1958 Sell This Version
4110 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single) Del-Fi Records 4110 US 1958 Sell This Version
45-HL 8803 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single) London Records 45-HL 8803 UK 1958 Sell This Version
4110 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single) Del-Fi Records 4110 US 1958 Sell This Version
4110 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single) Del-Fi Records 4110 US 1958 Sell This Version
4110 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single) Del-Fi Records 4110 US 1958 Sell This Version
4110 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single, Dar) Del-Fi Records 4110 US 1958 Sell This Version
4110 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single, Whi) Del-Fi Records 4110 US 1958 Sell This Version
45-HL 8803 Ritchie Valens Donna(7", Single) London Records 45-HL 8803 UK 1958 Sell This Version
45-HL 8803 Ritchie Valens Donna(7", Single) London Records 45-HL 8803 UK 1958 Sell This Version
45-HL 8803 Ritchie Valens Donna(7", Single) London Records 45-HL 8803 UK 1958 Sell This Version
7040 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single) Kasey 7040 US 1959 Sell This Version
9-76402 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single) Apex (3) 9-76402 Canada 1959 Sell This Version
45-NZL.370 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single) London Records 45-NZL.370 New Zealand 1959 Sell This Version
45-HL-1474 Ritchie Valens La Bamba / Donna(7", Single) London Records 45-HL-1474 Australia 1959 Sell This Version
4110 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single, RP) Del-Fi Records 4110 US 1960 Sell This Version
7040 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single, RE) Kasey 7040 US 1961 Sell This Version
FLX 3103 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single) London Records FLX 3103 Netherlands 1963 Sell This Version
FLX 3103, MCS 3184, MCS 3185 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single) London American Recordings, London American Recordings, London American Recordings FLX 3103, MCS 3184, MCS 3185 Netherlands 1963 Sell This Version
FLX 3103 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single, Mono) London American Recordings FLX 3103 Netherlands 1963 Sell This Version
DF 6001 Ritchie Valens Donna(7", Single) Del-Fi Records DF 6001 Canada 1965 Sell This Version
WI 4011 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single) Sue Records WI 4011 UK 1966 Sell This Version
333 825 JF Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single) Philips 333 825 JF Netherlands 1967 Sell This Version
PTF 126 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single, Mono, RE) President Records PTF 126 Netherlands 1967 Sell This Version
PT 126 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single, RE) President Records PT 126 UK 1967 Sell This Version
19 626 AT Ritchie Valens La Bamba / Donna(7", Single) President Records 19 626 AT Germany 1967 Sell This Version
12 242 AT Ritchie Valens La Bamba / Donna(7", Single, RE) President Records 12 242 AT Germany 1972 Sell This Version
GT 64X Ritchie Valens La Bamba / Donna(7", Single, RE) MGM Records GT 64X Canada 1973 Sell This Version
MGC 5014, 2006 229 Ritchie Valens La Bamba / Donna(7", Single, RE) MGM Records, MGM Records MGC 5014, 2006 229 Canada 1973 Sell This Version
139 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single, RE) Eric Records 139 US 1976 Sell This Version
JTU 772 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7") Surprise (3) JTU 772 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
139 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single, RE) Eric Records 139 US 1977 Sell This Version
106 720 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single) Ariola 106 720 Belgium 1979 Sell This Version
G 3088 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single, RE) Goldisc G 3088 US 1979 Sell This Version
OG 9029 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single, Mono, RE) Old Gold (2) OG 9029 UK 1980 Sell This Version
101.796, 101 796 - 100 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single, RE) Ariola, Ariola 101.796, 101 796 - 100 Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
OG 9029 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single, RE) Old Gold (2) OG 9029 UK 1980 Sell This Version
101 796, 101 796 - 100 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single, RE) Ariola, Ariola 101 796, 101 796 - 100 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
OG 9029 Ritchie Valens Donna(7", Single, RE) Old Gold (2) OG 9029 UK 1980 Sell This Version
2002 057 Ritchie Valens La Bamba / Donna(7", Single) Polydor 2002 057 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
GC 361X Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single) Quality GC 361X Canada 1982 Sell This Version
41.82 Ritchie Valens Donna(7", RE) Dureco Benelux 41.82 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
45008 Ritchie Valens La Bamba / Donna(7", Single) BR Music 45008 Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
MBR 42 Richie Valens* Donna / La Bamba(7", Single, Ltd, Pic) Maybellene MBR 42 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
42 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single, Ltd, Pic, S/Edition) Maybellene 42 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
T-20091 Ritchie Valens La Bamba (7", Single) Sonet T-20091 Sweden 1987 Sell This Version
ANT S1 2030, 2030 Ritchie Valens La Bamba / Donna(7", RE) Antelope Records, Antelope Records ANT S1 2030, 2030 Netherlands 1987 Sell This Version
MBR 42 Ritchie Valens La Bamba / Donna(7", Single, Ltd, Pic) Maybellene MBR 42 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
OBG 4562 Ritchie Valens La Bamba / Donna(7", Single, RE) Original Sound OBG 4562 US 1987 Sell This Version
PT 41436 Ritchie Valens La Bamba(12") RCA PT 41436 UK 1987 Sell This Version
109423 Ritchie Valens La Bamba(7") Ariola 109423 France 1987 Sell This Version
PB 41435 Ritchie Valens La Bamba(7", Single) RCA PB 41435 UK 1987 Sell This Version
112 Ritchie Valens La Bamba(M/Stick, Hit) Tiger Electronics 112 US 2002 Sell This Version
4110 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7") Del-Fi Records 4110 US Unknown Sell This Version
66 910 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7") Polydor 66 910 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
4110 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single) Del-Fi Records 4110 US Unknown Sell This Version
125-79.642Y, 125/79.642-y Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single) President Records, President Records 125-79.642Y, 125/79.642-y Belgium Unknown Sell This Version
COL-3197 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single, Mono, RE, Spe) Collectables COL-3197 US Unknown Sell This Version
COL-3197 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single, RE) Collectables COL-3197 US Unknown Sell This Version
OG 9029 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single, RE) Old Gold (2) OG 9029 UK Unknown Sell This Version
OG 9029 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single, RE) Old Gold (2) OG 9029 UK Unknown Sell This Version
LN-201 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single, RE) Lost Nite Records LN-201 US Unknown Sell This Version
139 Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba(7", Single, RE, Styrene) Eric Records 139 US Unknown Sell This Version
RRS 008 Ritchie Valens Donna(7", Single) Golden Record Galery RRS 008 Belgium Unknown Sell This Version
FLX 3103 Ritchie Valens Dorya / La Bamba(7", Single, Mono) London American Recordings FLX 3103 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
76402 Ritchie Valens La Bamba / Donna(10", Single) Apex (3) 76402 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
TR-64 Ritchie Valens La Bamba / Donna(7") Trip Oldie TR-64 US Unknown Sell This Version
153 Ritchie Valens La Bamba / Donna(7", RE) Lana Records 153 US Unknown Sell This Version
153 Ritchie Valens La Bamba / Donna(7", RE, Sky) Lana Records 153 US Unknown Sell This Version
45008 Ritchie Valens La Bamba / Donna(7", Single, RE) Juke-Box Oldie 45008 France Unknown Sell This Version
TR-64 Ritchie Valens La Bamba / Donna(7", Single, RE) TRIP TR-64 US Unknown Sell This Version
66 910 Ritchie Valens La Bamba(7", Single) Polydor 66 910 Germany Unknown Sell This Version

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September 3, 2010
referencing Donna / La Bamba, 7", 66 910
released oktober 1958