Ritchie Valens, La Bamba/Donna


Ritchie Valens’ classic rock and roll recording La Bamba has been issued many times, and was scheduled for release on UK Sue WI 4011 in May 1966, but it is thought that it was never marketed. (It is on ILP 933, The Sue Story Vol 2). Richard Steven Valenzuela was born on May 13, 1941 and died in a plane crash on February 3, 1959 along with Big Bopper, Buddy Holly and others. La Bamba, Come on Lets Go and other songs had been recorded for test purposes in a basement studio but the versions for issue were all taped in a session at Los Angeles’ famed Gold Star Studios for the Del-Fi label.

“Donna”, Billboard No 2, February 1959
“La Bamba”, Billboard No 22, February 1959

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Data record updated 30 August 2016