Personalities | Ritchie Valens | Fifties | Rock

(Guitar, vocals, 1941–59)

In 1958, California-born Richard Valenzuela had already released the million-selling ‘Donna’ as well as two other US hits, ‘Come On Let’s Go’ and ‘La Bamba’, and was close to becoming a major star when he died in the air crash that also killed Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper. In the 1980s, Hispanic-American quintet Los Lobos topped the US chart with their revival of ‘La Bamba’, the title tune of the feature film of the life of Valens.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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