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Ritchie Valens

Born: 1941-05-13 - Died: 1959-02-03
Cause of Death:
Plane Crash

Death Summary: "The Day the Music Died", as Don McLean would call it was the day that Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly, and the Big Bopper (along with the plane's pilot) went down in a fatal plane crash.

It was determined that they all died on impact, and the cause of the crash was chalked up to "pilot error", although it was snowing when the plane took off.

Valens is buried in San Fernando Mission Cemetery in California. This is the same cemetery that Bob Hope is buried in.

Who was Ritchie Valens : Ritchie Valens (born Richard Steven Valenzuela) is considered to have pioneered the Chicano rock movement, and Spanish speaking rock n roll.

He had a short career due to his untimely death, but he managed to have a few hits within that time. Those included of course La Bamba, which was the title of the movie about Valens that starred Lou Diamond Philipps.
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  1. brenda vick Says:

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  2. brenda vick Says:

    i have wathced the movie of the life of richie valens and it was very sad,my heart goes to the family..

  3. larry mac Says:

    such a real one he was,,,

  4. selena Says:

    thats sad im listening to sleep walk rite now

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  6. Jonah Johnson Says:

    Jonah Johnson, Ritchie, you’re still the best.

  7. German Says:

    Hola. Desde Argentina. Gracias Ritchie por tu musica.

  8. Carmelina Tavares Says:

    i love all you songs and best wishes to all of your family and everyone else that loves you

  9. Ashleigh Says:

    I love You and I saw your movie it was really tragic I can’t believe you had to die like that they should of let you choose the cold bus anyways it’s done and over with so see ya in heaven.
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  10. Claudia Says:

    Pacoima native, he’s the only thing we are known for. Thanks for the good name.

  11. SARAH Says:

    the day u died is the day the music died.
    you will be greatly missed and always loved and adored by your family and fans. may u always rest in peace

  12. Dee Says:

    Life is not fair, you were taken to quick

  13. greg jordan Says:

    Greg Jordan

  14. greg jordan Says:

    We miss you and the spirt of your music…….Michigan loves Richie Valens!

  15. maggie Says:

    I loved the true movie about you, it was so so sad

  16. hannah marie barrow Says:

    i watched and loved the film la bamba the life and story of richie valens,it shed me to tears and a lump in my throut at the end i felt like the world had ended miss you even though u were before my time,i still listen to your music to this day sadley missed but deffentley not forgotten.my heart goes out to ur familly rest in peace

  17. carlos orantes Says:

    pra mi Raza chicana:

  18. Julie Says:

    Ritchie Valens is cool..

  19. Ishwari Says:

    You were just getting started. You were only seventeen when you died. That is such a big tragedy. You never got the chance to show us and the world your incredible talent. God took you away way too soon. May your legacy never die. May your beautiful soul rest in peace. God bless you and your family.-Ishwarya aka Ishwari

  20. aren owley Says:

    Dear Ritchie,
    You came along in my era and I love your music.

  21. Karen Cowley Says:

    Dear Ritchie,
    You came along in my era and I love your music.

  22. John Dinger Says:

    he was a great singer

  23. Mandy LLA Says:

    Always remember the ‘day the music died’ but not in my heart. The movie was realistic of the life of Ritchie Valens (Richard Steven Valenzuela) Well done Luis Valdez.

  24. Briana Watt Says:

    I wish Ritchie was still around. I love La Bamba ♥

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