Ritchie Valens

Although Mexican-American rocker Ritchie Valens recorded only a handful of singles, including the hits "La Bamba" and "Donna," he became an iconic figure in the history of popular music by inspiring fellow Latino ... Read more »
Born: 05/13/1941 in Pacoima, California, USA

Filmography

Music (34)

Loving 2016 (Movie)

("Ooh! My Head") (Song)

Loving 2016 (Movie)

("Ooh! My Head") (Song Performer)

The Wrecking Crew 2015 (Movie)

("La Bamba") (Song Performer)

Prom 2011 (Movie)

"Come On, Let's Go" (Song)

White Chicks 2004 (Movie)

("La Bamba") (Song)

Deuces Wild 2002 (Movie)

("Come On, Let's Go") (Song)

Deuces Wild 2002 (Movie)

("Come On, Let's Go") (Song Performer)

Committed 2000 (Movie)

(Song)

Committed 2000 (Movie)

("Donna") (Song Performer)

Music From Another Room 1998 (Movie)

("Come On Let's Go") (Song)

That Night 1993 (Movie)

(Song)

That Night 1993 (Movie)

("Come On Let's Go") (Song Performer)

Revenge 1990 (Movie)

song arranger (Song)

Revenge 1990 (Movie)

("La Bamba") (Song Performer)

She's Out Of Control 1989 (Movie)

(Song)

She's Out Of Control 1989 (Movie)

("La Bamba") (Song Performer)

La Bamba 1987 (Movie)

song arranger("La Bamba") (Song)

The Money Pit 1986 (Movie)

song arranger (Song)

The Money Pit 1986 (Movie)

("La Bamba") (Song Performer)

Christine 1983 (Movie)

(Song)

Christine 1983 (Movie)

("Come On Let's Go") (Song Performer)

Exposed 1983 (Movie)

(Song)

Exposed 1983 (Movie)

("La Bamba") (Song Performer)

Losin' It 1983 (Movie)

(Song)

Losin' It 1983 (Movie)

("La Bamba") (Song Performer)

The Right Stuff 1983 (Movie)

("La Bamba") (Song)

Shifshuf Naim 1980 (Movie)

song arranger (Song)

Shifshuf Naim 1980 (Movie)

("La Bamba") (Song Performer)

Rock 'n' Roll High School 1979 (Movie)

("Come On Let's Go") (Song)

Grease 1978 (Movie)

("La Bamba") (Song Performer)

Grease 1978 (Movie)

("La Bamba") (Song)

Hometown USA 1978 (Movie)

(Performer)

Go, Johnny, Go! 1958 (Movie)

(Song)

Go, Johnny, Go! 1958 (Movie)

("Oh My Head") (Song Performer)

Biography

Although Mexican-American rocker Ritchie Valens recorded only a handful of singles, including the hits "La Bamba" and "Donna," he became an iconic figure in the history of popular music by inspiring fellow Latino artists to enter the white-dominated pop and rock fields and pursue the same degree of success he briefly enjoyed before his tragic death in 1959. The trajectory of Valens' entire career lasted less than a year, beginning in the summer of 1958 with the single "Come On, Let's Go" and encompassing the two aforementioned hits, both released later that same year, before he embarked on a fateful Midwestern tour in early 1959 and the flight that claimed his life at the age of 17 along with Buddy Holly and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson in February of that year. The impact of their deaths on the first wave of rock-n-roll fans, who cited the incident as the end of rock's initial purity - later immortalized in the 1971 Don McLean classic "American Pie" - as well as the raw joy of Valens' music, canonized the singer as a pioneer of the genre, as well as a forebear of Latino rock-n-roll who opened the door for subsequent artists like Carlos Santana, Los Lobos and many others. Valens' short life and career served as both one of rock's greatest tragedies, as well as a flashpoint for countless musicians from all ethnic backgrounds.

Milestones

Known for such albums as "The Ritchie Valens Story"

Popular songs include "Come On, Let's Go" and "Donna".

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