Ritchie Valens

Real Name:
Ricardo Esteban Valenzuela Reyes
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Mexican-American singer, songwriter, and guitarist.

Born: 13 May 1941 in Pacoima, California, USA.
Died: 3 February 1959 in Clear Lake, Iowa, USA (aged 17).

Rock and roll pioneer and a forefather of the Chicano rock movement, Valens' recording career lasted only eight months. During this time, however, he scored several hits, most notably "La Bamba", which was originally a Mexican folk song that Valens transformed with a rock rhythm and beat that became a hit in 1958, making Valens a pioneer of the Spanish-speaking rock and roll movement.

On 3 February 1959, on what has become known as The Day The Music Died, Valens was killed in a small plane crash in Iowa, a tragedy that also claimed the lives of fellow musicians Buddy Holly, and J.P. Richardson (aka the Big Bopper).

Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
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Albums

DFLP-1206 Ritchie — Ritchie Valens Ritchie Valens Ritchie (Album) Del-Fi Records DFLP-1206 US 1959 Sell This Version
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DFLP 1201 Ritchie Valens — Ritchie Valens Ritchie Valens Ritchie Valens (Album) Del-Fi Records DFLP 1201 US 1959 Sell This Version
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DFLP-1214, DFLP 1214 In Concert At Pacoima Jr. High — Ritchie Valens Ritchie Valens In Concert At Pacoima Jr. High (Album) Del-Fi Records, Del-Fi Records DFLP-1214, DFLP 1214 US 1960 Sell This Version
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LLP 5132 The Best Of Ritchie Valens — Ritchie Valens Ritchie Valens The Best Of Ritchie Valens (Comp, Album) Del-Fi Records, Rhino Records (2) LLP 5132 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

45-HL.8886 That's My Little Suzie — Ritchie Valens Ritchie Valens That's My Little Suzie (Single) London Records, London American Recordings 45-HL.8886 Ireland 1958 Sell This Version
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4106 Come On, Let's Go / Framed — Ritchie Valens Ritchie Valens Come On, Let's Go / Framed (Single) Del-Fi Records 4106 US 1958 Sell This Version
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7N 25000 Come On Let's Go — Ritchie Valens Ritchie Valens Come On Let's Go (Single) Pye International 7N 25000 Norway 1958 Sell This Version
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4110 Donna / La Bamba — Ritchie Valens Ritchie Valens Donna / La Bamba (Single) Del-Fi Records 4110 US 1958 Sell This Version
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4111 Fast Freight — Ritchie Valens Ritchie Valens Fast Freight (Single) Del-Fi Records 4111 US 1959 Sell This Version
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9-76530 Little Girl / We Belong Together — Ritchie Valens Ritchie Valens Little Girl / We Belong Together (Single) Del-Fi Records 9-76530 Canada 1959 Sell This Version
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9-76472 That's My Little Suzie / In A Turkish Town — Ritchie Valens Ritchie Valens That's My Little Suzie / In A Turkish Town (Single) Del-Fi Records 9-76472 Canada 1959 Sell This Version
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DF-4128 Stay Beside Me — Ritchie Valens Ritchie Valens Stay Beside Me (Single) Del-Fi Records DF-4128 US 1959 Sell This Version
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EPH 21 901 The Ritchie Valens Story — Ritchie Valens Ritchie Valens The Ritchie Valens Story (EP) Polydor EPH 21 901 Germany 1959 Sell This Version
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REM. 1232 Ritchie Valens  — Ritchie Valens Ritchie Valens Ritchie Valens (EP) London Records REM. 1232 New Zealand 1959 Sell This Version
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66918 Ooh My Head / Little Girl — Ritchie Valens Ritchie Valens Ooh My Head / Little Girl(7") Polydor 66918 Germany 1959 Sell This Version
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none I Can't Get You Out Of My Heart / That's My Little Suzie — Ritchie Valens Bob Carroll / Ritchie Valens Bob Carroll / Ritchie Valens - I Can't Get You Out Of My Heart / That's My Little Suzie(7", Single, Promo) London Records, London American Recordings none UK 1959 Sell This Version
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D-101 La Bamba / We Belong Together / Donna / Framed — Ritchie Valens Ritchie Valens La Bamba / We Belong Together / Donna / Framed (EP) Del-Fi Records D-101 US 1960 Sell This Version
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DFEP-111 Ritchie Valens Sings — Ritchie Valens Ritchie Valens Ritchie Valens Sings(7", EP, Ltd) Del-Fi Records DFEP-111 US 1960 Sell This Version
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4133 Cry, Cry, Cry / Paddiwack Song — Ritchie Valens Ritchie Valens Cry, Cry, Cry / Paddiwack Song(7", Ltd) Del-Fi Records 4133 US 1960 Sell This Version
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9-76612 Big Baby Blues — Ritchie Valens Ritchie Valens Big Baby Blues(7", Single) Apex (3), Limited Valens Memorial Series 9-76612 Canada 1960 Sell This Version
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45-HL 9494 La Bamba — Ritchie Valens Ritchie Valens La Bamba London Records, London American Recordings 45-HL 9494 UK 1962 Sell This Version
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SXP-6070 Memorial Album Vol. 3 — Ritchie Valens Ritchie Valens Memorial Album Vol. 3 (EP) Sonet SXP-6070 Sweden 1964 Sell This Version
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OL 96 La Bamba / Drums In My Heart — Ritchie Valens Ritchie Valens / Dee Clark Ritchie Valens / Dee Clark - La Bamba / Drums In My Heart GRT OL 96 US 1964 Sell This Version
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SXP-6055 Memorial Album Vol 1 — Ritchie Valens Ritchie Valens Memorial Album Vol 1 (EP) Sonet SXP-6055 Sweden 1964 Sell This Version
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FLX 3117 That's My Little Suzie / Ooh, My Head — Ritchie Valens Ritchie Valens That's My Little Suzie / Ooh, My Head(7", Single) London Records FLX 3117 Netherlands 1964 Sell This Version

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drbluzer

drbluzer

November 5, 2021
Ritchie Valens was a latin rock and roll artist , who had a major hit with " LA BAMBA ". He sang the song in spanish , but no one seemed to care. His next song was " DONNA ", sung in english. He will always be known as " forever 17 " , as he died in a plane crash on February 3 ,1959 ( " THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED " ) along with Buddy Holly and J.P. Richardson ( The Big Bopper).
zivadrums

zivadrums

June 26, 2019
Riiitchieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! . . . . . . . . .
Madworld91

Madworld91

April 4, 2018
edited over 5 years ago
Would Rhino records please reissue Ritchie Valens 1959 a lot of people would buy it.
jlrake

jlrake

February 6, 2013
Where's the 3-LP set from 1981 on Rhino Records I have?!
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