RITCHIE VALENS Biography - Musicians


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Name: Ritchie Valens                                                               
Birth name: Ricardo Steven Valenzuela                                             
Born: 13 May 1941 Pacoima, California, USA                                         
Died: 3 February 1959 Clear Lake, Iowa, USA                                       
Genre: Rock and roll                                                               
Occupation: Singer                                                                 
Instrument: Guitar                                                                 
Ritchie Valens (Ricardo Steven Valenzuela, May 13, 1941 - February 3, 1959) was   
a pioneer of rock and roll and a forefather to the Chicano rock movement. His     
professional career lasted a period of only eight months, during which time he     
recorded some of the most influential songs of the 1950s rock and roll era. His   
best known song, "La Bamba," is one of the very first Latin Rock songs to become   
a hit, making Valens the father of the Spanish rock and roll movement. On         
February 3, 1959, on what has become known as The Day the Music Died, Valens was   
killed in a small-plane crash in Iowa, a tragedy which also claimed the lives of   
fellow musicians Buddy Holly and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson.