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The first Hispanic rock star, Ritchie Valens will forever be known as one of the two musicians (along with the Big Bopper) who perished with Buddy Holly in 1959, when their private plane crashed in the midst of a Midwest tour. At the time, Valens had only recently established himself as one of the most promising young talents in rock & roll, just barely missing the top of the charts with "Donna," a number two hit, and pioneering a blend of rock and Latin music with the single's almost equally popular flip side, "La Bamba." Like many rock stars who died prematurely, it's difficult to assess his unrealized potential; he was only 17 at the time of his death, and had just barely begun to make records. Nevertheless, Valens' music has endured for decades.

Ricardo Esteban Valenzuela Reyes was raised in a Mexican-American household in the San Fernando Valley. He played several instruments as a child and eventually devoted most of his focus to the guitar, learning a right-hand version of the guitar despite his own left-handedness. Valens' musical influences were diverse, running the gamut from Little Richard and rockabilly to traditional Mexican genres like mariachi, and his talent on the guitar earned him a spot in a local band, the Silhouettes, when he was 16. Valens eventually became the band's frontman. While playing at a local movie theater in 1958, he was discovered by producer Bob Keane, who signed Valens to his Del-Fi label and convinced him to shorten his surname to "Valens," claiming the abbreviated version had broader appeal than "Valenzuela." Under Keane's wing, Valens entered a Los Angeles recording studio in July and emerged with "Come on Let's Go," which climbed to number 42 on the national charts.

By the end of 1958, Valens had quit high school in order to focus on his career, which had skyrocketed after his second single, "Donna," climbed to number two. Also enjoying a good amount of popularity was the single's innovative flip side, "La Bamba," a rocked-up Mexican folk song performed entirely in Spanish. "La Bamba" featured some fierce guitar work, as well as the thick sound of the Danelectro bass, which gave the instrument more electric presence than it had previously enjoyed on any rock & roll disc. Valens was subsequently hailed as one of rock & roll's teen idols, and he hit road in early 1959 alongside Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, Dion & the Belmonts, and Frankie Sardo.

Billed as "the Winter Dance Party," the tour was originally scheduled to hit 24 Midwestern cities over the course of three weeks. The musicians all shared a single bus, whose heater broke several days into the tour, worsening the long drives between each show. By the time the Winter Dance Party rolled into Clear Lake, Iowa, on February 2, Buddy Holly had grown tired of the chilly conditions and decided to book a plane in order to fly to the show's next stop. After that evening's show at the Surf Ballroom, Holly boarded the plane along with Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson. The aircraft crashed several minutes after takeoff, though, instantly killing pilot Roger Peterson along with all three of his passengers. Ritchie Valens was 17 years old.

Valens only had about two albums' worth of material in the can, as well as some lo-fi live tapes of a gig at a local junior high, before his death; undoubtedly, some (or many) of these were demos or unfinished tracks. Other singers emulated Valens' Mexican-American brand of rock in the following years, most notably Chan Romero (originator of "Hippy Hippy Shake," who also recorded for Bob Keane's Del-Fi label and used some of the same musicians who had backed Valens) and Chris Montez. In the 1980s and 1990s, the L.A.-based Latino rock band Los Lobos were often cited for reflecting Valens' influence, and groups like Los Lonely Boys carried the torch of Chicano rock into the 21st century. Meanwhile, the 1987 film La Bamba (whose soundtrack heavily featured Los Lobos) gave his story a glossy Hollywood makeover, exposing Valens' legacy to millions even as it introduced the usual distortions and factual errors in its dramatization of his brief life. ~ Richie Unterberger & Andrew Leahey, Rovi

Title: Easter Dance

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Genre: Rock, Punk Rock

Title: Bony Moronie

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Genre: Pop

Title: Headman

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Genre: Rock, Punk Rock

Title: Thoughtful

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Genre: Rock, Punk Rock

Title: My Darling Is Gone

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Genre: Pop

Title: Follow Me

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Genre: Rock, Punk Rock

Title: Lovely Valens

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Genre: Pop

Title: As Light As Straw

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Genre: Rock

Title: Stay Beside Me

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Genre: Pop

Title: Waterfall

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Genre: Rock, Punk Rock

Title: Angry Man

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Genre: Rock, Punk Rock

Title: In The Middle

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Genre: Rock

Title: At High Altitude

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Genre: Rock

Title: Black Or White

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Genre: Rock

Title: Paddi-Wack Song

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Genre: Pop

Title: Dragon Punch

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Genre: Rock, Punk Rock

Title: Expensive Bling

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Genre: Rock

Title: Gaudy Colours

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Genre: Rock

Title: Snowdrop

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Genre: Rock, Punk Rock

Title: Good Morning

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Genre: Rock, Punk Rock

Title: School Kids

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Genre: Rock, Punk Rock

Title: Easter Bells

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Genre: Rock, Punk Rock

Title: In The Spotlight

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Genre: Rock

Title: Enjoy Your Time

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Genre: Rock

Title: Sunflower

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Genre: Rock, Punk Rock

Title: City Or Country

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Genre: Rock

Title: Fast

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Genre: Rock, Punk Rock

Title: Rock The World

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Genre: Pop

Title: Blue Jeans

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Genre: Rock, Punk Rock

Title: Great Hits

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Genre: Rock, Punk Rock

Title: Shuttle Bus

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Genre: Rock, Punk Rock

Title: Splash Of Color

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Genre: Rock

Title: Xmas Angel

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Genre: Rock, Punk Rock

Title: Christmas Magic

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Genre: Rock

Title: Love Incorporated

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Genre: Rock

Title: Big Rock

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Genre: Rock, Punk Rock

Title: Players Club

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Genre: Rock, Punk Rock

Title: Blowball

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Genre: Rock

Title: Go Riding

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Genre: Rock

Collections

Title: Love Vocabulary

Genre: Pop

Title: A Rock & Roll Era

Genre: Pop

Title: Love Potion #9

Genre: Rock

Featuring albums

Title: Panty Power

Artist: La Movida

Genre: Latin

Title: The Wrecking Crew

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Rock

Title: Volume 03

Artist: Salut Les Copains

Genre: Soul, Rock, Pop

Title: Vol 5

Artist: Back To The 50's

Genre: Pop

Title: 50S

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Pop

Title: Play 50's Music

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Pop

Title: 50s Oldies

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Pop

Title: 50's Explosion

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Pop

Title: Breakfast Music

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Pop

Title: Original 50's

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Pop

Title: Music from the 50s

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Pop

Title: Pop Sings Latin

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Pop

Title: Top Hits 50s

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Pop

Title: Latin Covers

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Latin

Title: Movie Themes

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Pop

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