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Ritchie Valens

20th-century American singer, songwriter, and guitarist

Ritchie Valens

20th-century American singer, songwriter, and guitarist
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birthday
13th
May, 1941
Death
3rd
February, 1959
Birth Place
Pacoima, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Birth Sign
taurus
Biography

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 was killed in a plane crash eight months into his recording career.
Valens had several hits, most notably “La Bamba”, which he had adapted from a Mexican folk song. Valens transformed the song into one with a rock rhythm and beat, and it became a hit in 1958, making Valens a pioneer of the Spanish-speaking rock and roll movement. He also had an American number-two hit with “Donna”.
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. In 2001, Valens was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

instruments played
drums
Guitar
trumpet
Vocals
Also Known As

Ritchie Valens

Associated Acts

Waylon Jennings Buddy Holly

Birth Name

Richard Steven Valenzuela

Genres

Rock and roll Chicano rock

Occupations

Singer songwriter guitarist

Years Active

1958 1959

Name

Ritchie Valens

Nationality

United States of America

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