Ritchie Valens

Real Name:Ricardo Esteban Valenzuela Reyes

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. , Wikipedia
Aliases:Arvee Allens
In Groups:Ritchie Valens Et Son Orchestre
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