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Ritchie Valens

American rock singer (1941-1959)

Although only having worked as a professional musician for eight months, Ritchie Valens recorded a number of hits, most notably "La Bamba" in 1958. He died on February 2, 1959 in an airplane crash which also claimed the lives of fellow rock musicians Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper.

Submitted by: Larry S. Powers


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