Mexican-American singer-songwriter and guitarist
Ritchie Valens Rank
Ritchie Valens Rank
About Ritchie Valens
Ritchie Valens was a celebrated Mexican-American singer-songwriter and guitarist famous for a number of hit songs, the most prominent being Donna and La Bamba, which is regarded as one of the greatest songs of all time. His life and career were brought to a sudden halt when he was tragically killed in a plane crash in Iowa at the young age of 17.
He was the son of Concepcion Reyes and Joseph Valenzuela.
In addition to having a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, he was also posthumously honored with an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
He had an intense fear of flying, which came after he witnessed two planes collide in the air.
Two other famous rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson died along with him in the plane crash. Singer-songwriter Don McLean later made the tragedy become known as "The Day the Music Died" through his hit song American Pie.
Ritchie Valens' Popularity
Ritchie Valens was a famous Mexican-American singer-songwriter and guitarist, who was born on May 13, 1941. As a person born on this date, Ritchie Valens is listed in our database as the 12th most popular celebrity for the day (May 13) and the 14th most popular for the year (1941).
People born on May 13 fall under the Zodiac sign of Taurus, the Bull. Ritchie Valens is the 263rd most popular Taurus.
Aside from information specific to Ritchie Valens' birthday, Ritchie Valens is the 5th most famous Mexican-American.
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