Awards & Winners

Ritchie Valens

Date of Birth 13-May-1941
Place of Birth Pacoima
(California, Los Angeles, Greater Los Angeles Area, Los Angeles County)
Nationality United States of America
Also know as Richie Valens, Valens, Ritchie, Richard Steven Valenzuela
Profession Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Richard Steven Valenzuela, known as Ritchie Valens, was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. A rock and roll pioneer and a forefather of the Chicano rock movement, Valens' recording career lasted only eight months. During this time, he had several hits, most notably "La Bamba", which was originally a Mexican folk song. Valens transformed the song into one with a rock rhythm and beat, and it became a hit in 1958, making Valens a pioneer of the Spanish-speaking rock and roll movement. On February 3, 1959, on what has become known as "The Day the Music Died", Valens died in a small-plane crash in Iowa, a tragedy that also claimed the lives of fellow musicians Buddy Holly and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, as well as pilot Roger Peterson. Valens was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

Awards by Ritchie Valens

Check all the awards nominated and won by Ritchie Valens.


Grammy Hall of Fame Award
Honored for : Donna / La Bamba


Nominations 1987 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Grammy Award for Song of the Year La Bamba