Ritchie Valens, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Ritchie Valens

American singer, songwriter and guitarist

Date of Birth: 13-May-1941

Place of Birth: Pacoima, California, United States

Date of Death: 03-Feb-1959

Profession: composer, singer, singer-songwriter, songwriter, guitarist

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Taurus

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About Ritchie Valens

  • 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' recording career lasted eight months and abruptly ended when he died in a plane crash.During this time, he 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 the American number 2 hit ''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.
  • Valens was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

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