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Though we lost him when he was just 17, rock 'n' roll wunderkind Ritchie Valens had already proven himself a forward-looking genius on his only completed studio album. It's still hard to resist jumping onto the dance floor whenever the rumbling beat of "La Bamba" or the sly "Ooh! My Head" kicks in. The gauzy ballad "Donna" glows with the sweetness of teenage love, and Valens' sweetly relaxed take on "Bluebirds Over the Mountain" showcases his underrated way with a standard.


Born: 13 May 1941 in Pacoima, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s

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...
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  • 11,99 €
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Rock, Rock & Roll
  • Released: 1959

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