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RICKY MARTIN HONORS RITCHIE VALENS AT ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME CEREMONIES
NYP2001032008 - 20 MARCH 2001 - NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA: Singer Ricky Martin performs songs of the late Ritchie Valens who was presented by Martin for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at March 19, 2001, ceremonies held in New York City. rlw/ep/Ezio Petersen UPI
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Ritchie Valens (born Ricardo Esteban Valenzuela Reyes; May 13, 1941 – February 3, 1959) was a Mexican-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, however, he scored several hits, most notably "La Bamba", which was originally a Mexican folk song that Valens transformed with a rock rhythm and beat that 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 was killed 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. Valens was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

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