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Richie Valens

2 Ratings: 2.0
Born Richard Valenzuela on 5/13/41 in Pacoi,a. California. Latin rock and roll singer/songwriter/guitarist. Killed in the plane crash that took the lives of Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper on 2/3/59. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

Valens grew up in suburban Los Angeles in a family of Mexican-Indian extraction. While in high school, he used an electric guitar made in shop class to front a band and came to the attention of Bob Keane, owner of Del-Fi records, who produced the sessions … see full wiki

Tags: Music, Rock, 1950s, Latin
1 review about Richie Valens

A Quick Tip by BaronSamedi3

  • Jun 29, 2011
Another singer who gets more credit for the rock and roll landscape than he deserves. His two hit singles, "La Bamba" and "Donna" prove he had talent, even though the latter is far too repetitive for my personal tastes. It's sad that Valens was killed in a plane crash when he was 17 years old, yes, and he clearly had the talent to go on to a long and productive career. But the people who talk about his influence are apparently doing so on the strength of his potential, not his actual accomplishments, which were those two singles before the kind of immortalization that always goes with premature death.
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