BirthdayMay 13, 1941
BirthplaceLos Angeles, USA

Celebrity biographies

  1. About Ritchie Valens

    Full name: Ritchie Valens
    Also known as: Ritchie Valens, Valens, Ritchie
    Professions: Soundtrack, Composer
    Work: La Bamba
    Occupation: Singer, songwriter and guitarist

  2. Ritchie Valens Measurements

    Height: 5' 7" (1.7 m)

  3. Ritchie Valens Known for

    Grease (1978), La Bamba (1987), Christine (1983), The Money Pit (1986)

  4. Ritchie Valens Death information

    Died: Tuesday, 3rd of February, 1959 (Age: 17)
    Death cause: With Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper on a plane that crashed

  5. Ritchie Valens Biography

    Richard Steven Valenzuela (May 13, 1941 – February 3, 1959), known 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 only eight months. During this time, he had several hits, most notably "La Bamba", which was originally 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.On February 3, 1959, on what has become known as "The Day the Music Died", Valens died in a small-plane crash in Iowa, a tragedy 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 inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

  6. Ritchie Valens Family

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