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Valens, who became a hit sensation with his track "La La Bamba" and was immortalized in the film of the same name, was only 17 when he died. His brother Bob Morales became a local legend in his own right, but what happened to him? Ritchie's death left the world in shock. In fact, songs still reference "The day the music died" even today, leaving Valens' family to carry on his legacy. Connie's life wasn't an easy one: she was employed as a farm worker, a waitress, a bartender, and a house cleaner.
Ricardo, aka, "Ritchie" would grow up in Central California farm camps and even labored in Campbell orchards to help his family make ends meet. It was when Connie took her family to Pacoima, a suburb of Los Angeles, that Ritchie and the rest of his family's life began to change for the better.
The young man joined a rock band in high school and they wrote songs that immediately caught the attention of record label executives and people all around the country. Donna told The Post that he would even allude to them getting married someday. Unfortunately, Ritchie never had the chance to propose. I was devastated. I cried all the time and everyone pointed their finger at me. I didn't want a big thing made about it.
It was rough," Donna told The Post. She was only 16 when Ritchie died.Ritchie Valens Format: Vinyl. out of 5 stars 2 ratings. See all 9 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions. Listen Now with Amazon Music: Ritchie Always liked Richie Valens. La Bamba was one of the greatest songs ever. was really a shame when he was killed Read more. Helpful. Comment Report abuse.5/5(2).