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Ritchie Valens Lives!

Don Waller, L.A. Weekly, 29 October 1981

RITCHIE VALENS, born Richard Valenzuela in Pacoima, California, on May 13, 1941, cut three hit records before he finished high school: 'Come On Let's Go', 'Donna', and 'La Bamba'. On February 3, 1959, Valens died in the same plane crash that claimed the lives of Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper. He was 17 years old.

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