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Ritchie Valens (1941–1959)

Ritchie, the 'California Kid' was from a family of poverty stricken fruit pickers and was the first rock star to originate from the West Coast and one of the innovators of 'Latino rock. In an eight month career he scored three hits with 'Come On Let's Go', 'Donna' and 'La Bamba' before being killed in an air crash on February 3rd 1959 which also ... See full bio »

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Known For

Grease Soundtrack
Christine Soundtrack
The Right Stuff Soundtrack
La Bamba Soundtrack


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 1959 Go, Johnny, Go!
Ritchie Valens
 1958 The Dick Clark Show (TV Series)
Lip synch and scting
- Episode #2.16 (1958) ... Lip synch and scting
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Other Works:

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

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 5 Portrayals | 1 Article | See more »

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5' 5" (1.65 m)

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In June 1988, a 4-foot tall granite memorial bearing the names of pilot Roger Peterson, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson) was dedicated outside the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. The event marked the first time that the families of Holly, Valens, Richardson and Peterson had gathered together. See more »

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