Ritchie Valens, along with the performers Los Lobos, garnered a nomination for Song of the Year for "La Bamba" at the 1988 Grammy Awards and won a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1990. According to IMDb.com, these are the singer's only nominations and awards, both posthumous.Continue Reading
Ritchie Valens was born Richard Steven Valenzuela in Los Angeles in 1941 and grew up in a musical environment. The future recording star listened to an extensive range of music styles during his formative years, from rhythm and blues to mariachi. He also learned to play a diverse range of instruments, including the drums, guitar and trumpet.
By the time he was in high school, Valenzuela was already an accomplished performer, providing both lead vocals and guitar for the local band The Silhouettes. Hollywood-based label Del-Fi Records signed Valenzuela in 1958, and the musician changed his stage name to Ritchie Valens.
Valens's recording and performance career was cut short on February 3, 1959, when he died in a plane crash with fellow musicians Buddy Holly and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson. Los Lobos performed Valens's music for the 1987 biopic "La Bamba" and, along with Valens, earned a nomination for Song of the Year at the 1988 Grammy Awards.Learn more about Art & Literature