Ritchie Valens

Rock Singer

Birthday May 13, 1941

Birth Sign Taurus

Birthplace Los Angeles, CA

DEATH DATE Feb 3, 1959 (17)

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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.


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.