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Album Review

EMI Plus' budget-priced The Story series presents straight-forward, no-frills compilations of major rock artists with catalogs in the EMI vaults, accompanied by CD-ROMs containing brief biographical information (in English, Dutch, French, and Spanish), discographies consisting of album titles and dates of release, and a photo gallery. The Ritchie Valens volume contains all of Valen's chart singles, including "Come On, Let's Go," "Donna," and "La Bamba," along with all the tracks from his posthumously released debut album, Ritchie Valens, and other assorted recordings. Over 40 years after they were recorded, the performances continue to display Valens' talent and promise. This is not a complete collection of his recordings, but it contains the highlights of his small catalog.

Biography

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...
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