Ritchie Valens

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Birthday
13, 1941
Birthplace
Pacolma, CA
Death Date
Feb 3, 1959 (17)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
13, 1941
Birthplace
Pacolma, CA
Death Date
Feb 3, 1959 (17)

About

Pioneer in the Chicano rock movement who released the single "La Bamba." He tragically died in a historic plane crash, an event that was nicknamed The Day the Music Died. 

Before Fame

He learned to play the guitar right-handed even though he was naturally left-handed.

Trivia

He died in the plane crash that also killed The Big Bopper and Buddy Holly.

Family Life

His mother was actress Connie Valenzuela. 

Associated With

He influenced artists like Carlos Santana.