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ARTIST
TITLE
Ritchie Valens
FORMAT
LP

LABEL
CATALOG #
RUM 2011078LP RUM 2011078LP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
10/14/2014

Ritchie Valens was born Richard Steven Valenzuela on May 13, 1941 in the San Fernando Valley town of Pacoima, California. A self-taught musician, Ritchie joined his first group by the age of 16, was a hit recording artist by 17, and, tragically, dead in a plane crash before his 18th birthday. A pioneer in the world of Chicano rock, Ritchie was an influence on the likes of Carlos Santana and Los Lobos. Released just a month after "The Day the Music Died" -- when Ritchie, Buddy Holly, and The Big Bopper died in a plane crash in Iowa -- this LP includes the legendary singles "Donna," "La Bamba," and "Come On, Let's Go," along with nine other early rock'n'roll classics. One of the most important musicians of the 20th century, and quite likely the most important Mexican-American recording artist of all time, this LP is Ritchie Valens' legacy boiled down to 30 minutes of puro rock'n'roll.