14 Reasons Ritchie Valens Remains A Rock 'N' Roll Legend

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Come on, let’s go.

His music stands the test of time.

Ritchie Valens died on February 3rd, 1959, his career lasting mere months (he was signed to Del-Fi Records on May 27, 1958), but his music still resonates today.

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The perfect song for slow-dancing while staring deep into someone's eyes, "Donna" was written for Ritchie's real-life girlfriend, Donna Ludwig. Sigh.

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Go on, try it. See? It's science.

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Valens transformed a traditional Mexican folk song into the stuff of rock 'n roll legend .

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