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Ritchie Valens (1941–1959)


Ritchie Valens was born on May 13, 1941 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Richard Steven Valenzuela. He died on February 3, 1959 in Clear Lake, Iowa, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

Christine
Christine Soundtrack
(1983)
Grease
Grease Soundtrack
(1978)
The Right Stuff
The Right Stuff Soundtrack
(1983)
La Bamba
La Bamba Soundtrack
(1987)

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 2016 Loving (performer: "Ooh! My Head") / (writer: "Ooh! My Head")
 2015 S.O.S.: Mulheres ao Mar 2 (writer: "La Bamba")
 2011 Prom (writer: "Come On, Let's Go")
 2008/I Ranchero (writer: "Fast Freight" - as Richie Valens)
 2005 Cheap (performer: "We Belong Together")
 2004 White Chicks (writer: "La Bamba")
 2003 Monsieur Ibrahim (performer: "La Bamba")
 2002 Deuces Wild (performer: "Come On, Let's Go") / (writer: "Come On, Let's Go")
 2000/I Committed (performer: "Donna") / (writer: "Donna")
 1998 Music from Another Room (writer: "Come On Let's Go")
 1994 A Low Down Dirty Shame (arranger: "LA BAMBA")
 1994 There Goes My Baby (writer: "La Bamba")
 1992 That Night (performer: "COME ON LET'S GO") / (writer: "COME ON LET'S GO")
 1990/I Revenge (arranger: "La Bamba") / (performer: "La Bamba")
 1990 Hjälten (lyrics: "Donna") / (music: "Donna") / (writer: "Donna")
 1989 She's Out of Control (performer: "La Bamba" - as Richie Valens) / (writer: "La Bamba" - as Richie Valens)
 1987 Young Love: Lemon Popsicle 7 (arranger: "La Bamba") / (performer: "La Bamba")
 1987 La Bamba (arranger: "La Bamba") / (lyrics: "Ooh! My Head", "The Paddi Wack Song", "Come On, Let's Go", "Donna", "I Got a Gal Named Sue (That's My Little Suzie)") / (music: "Ooh! My Head", "The Paddi Wack Song", "Come On, Let's Go", "Donna", "I Got a Gal Named Sue (That's My Little Suzie)")
 1987 Tin Men (performer: "La Bamba") / (writer: "La Bamba")
 1986 The Money Pit (arranger: "LA BAMBA") / (performer: "LA BAMBA")
 1983 Christine (performer: "Come On, Let's Go") / (writer: "Come On, Let's Go")
 1983 The Right Stuff (writer: "La Bamba")
 1983 Exposed (arranger: "La Bamba") / (performer: "La Bamba")
 1983 Losin' It (arranger: "La Bamba") / (performer: "La Bamba")
 1981 Shifshuf Naim (arranger: "La Bamba") / (performer: "La Bamba")
 1980 Barnens ö (lyrics: "Donna") / (music: "Donna") / (performer: "Donna") / (writer: "Donna")
 1979 Rock 'n' Roll High School (writer: "C'mon Let's Go")
 1978 Grease (performer: "La Bamba") / (writer: "La Bamba")
 1978 American Hot Wax (arranger: "La Bamba") / (performer: "La Bamba")
 1976 The Motel (writer: "La Bamba" - uncredited)
 1973 That'll Be the Day (writer: "Donna" - uncredited)
 1959 Go, Johnny, Go! (performer: "OOH MY HEAD") / (writer: "OOH MY HEAD")
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Single: "La Bamba" (Del-Fi Records) See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 4 Portrayals | 1 Article | See more »

Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:

At the time of his death he had a two-sided hit, "Donna" (US #2) / "La Bamba" (US #22)--the only time a singing star, in the rock era, had a top 10 hit at the exact time of his/her death. See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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