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Transcript of Ritchie Valens
Ritchie Valens was born on May 13, 1941. He was born in Pacoima, CA.
His original name was Richard Steven Valenzuela. Ritchie was rock music's first Latino star. He learned how to play all different kinds of instruments at a young age. The guitar was his favorite one. At the age of 16 he joined a band called "The Silhouettes".
Sadly Ritchie's career only lasted about 8 months. He got signed by Bob Keane in May of 1958. His first single was "Come on, Let's go". He wrote a song called "Donna", the song was about his girlfriend. Ritchie went on a tour called "The Winter Dance Party Tour" with Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper.
Touring Days with Buddy Holly & The Big Bopper
In 1958 he was on a tour with Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper. After they were done playing, they had to fly to Minnesota. That night there was a snowstorm. They flew about 5 miles then they crashed into a cornfield.
Ritchie Valens Death
Ritchie Valens died on February 3, 1959 in Clear Lake, Iowa. He died in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper. He died at the age of 17.
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