Ritchie Valens Net Worth

Ritchie Valens Net Worth is
$500 Thousand

Ritchie Valens Biography

Ritchie Valens net worthy of: Ritchie Valens was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist who have had a net worthy of of $500 thousand. Ritchie Valens was created in Pacoima, California in-may 1941 and passed on in February 1959. Valens is certainly credited with being truly a pioneer of stone music and a dad of the Chicago rock motion. His career just lasted eight a few months before he was involved with a plane crash with Buddy Holly and J.P. He was signed to Del-Fi Information by owner and president Bob Keane. Valens’ most effective singles had been released in 1958. Valens started playing your guitar and trumpet at nine and afterwards taught himself how exactly to play drums. Great that was released posthumously in 1961. Valens released his self-titled debut studio album in 1959 and his follow-up Ritchie the same season. “Donna” reached #2 while his edition of “La Bamba” strike #22. His only various other album was In Concert at Pacoima Jr. He joined up with the band The Silhouettes at 16. “The Big Bopper” Richardson which is often known as “YOUR DAY the Music Passed away”. Valens was awarded a superstar on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6733 Hollywood Blvd. He was inducted in to the Stone Hall of Fame in 2001. Ritchie Valens passed on on February 3, 1959 at 17 years outdated.

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Quick Facts

Full NameRitchie Valens
Net Worth$500 Thousand
Date Of BirthMay 13, 1941
DiedFebruary 3, 1959, Clear Lake, Iowa, United States
Height1.7 m
ProfessionGuitarist, Singer, Songwriter, La Bamba, We Belong Together, Donna
ParentsJoseph Steven Valenzuela, Concepcion Valenzuela, La Bamba, We Belong Together, Donna
SiblingsIrma Norton, Connie Lemos, Bob Morales, Mario Ramirez, La Bamba, We Belong Together, Donna
AwardsGrammy Hall of Fame
NominationsGrammy Award for Song of the Year
TV ShowsThe Music Shop

Interesting Facts

1 Following his untimely death, he was interred at San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills, California.
2 On December 27, 1958, he appeared on The Dick Clark Show (1958), live from New York City from 7:30 - 8pm. Also on that show were Jackie Wilson, The Crests, Jimmy Clanton and The Diamonds. At that time, Ritchie and others were also appearing at the Lowe's State Theater, as part of Alan Freed's 10 day holiday show. After their performances on "The Dick Clark Show", at the Little Theater, Ritchie and the other performers traveled a few city blocks, within New York City's Times Square area for their nightly revue at the Lowe's State Theater.
3 In the trailer for Go, Johnny, Go! (1959), he is seen briefly performing on stage, with no sound. In the actual film, he is performing "Ooh My Head" in a coffee shop. This may suggest that another song was left on "the cutting room floor".
4 His appearance in Go, Johnny, Go! (1959) filmed sometime in 1958, appears to have been filmed prior to his recordings of "Donna" and "Come On, Let's Go" as he is singing in the style of Little Richard. He had not yet adapted his own vocal style that he used on his later 1958 recordings. Interestingly, "Framed", the B-side to "Come On, Let's Go", is a reworking of Little Richard's "Miss Ann", but there Ritchie sounds more like the Ritchie Valens that we came to know.
5 Early in his career, Bruce Johnston, later of The Beach Boys, was a fellow band member. The Beach Boys have credited Ritchie as one of their influences.
6 He was posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6733 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on May 11, 1990 (two days before what would have been his 49th birthday).
7 At the time of his death, he had a two-sided hit, "Donna" (US #2) / "La Bamba" (US #22). The only time a singing star, in the rock era, had a top 10 hit at the exact time of his/her death.
8 Is mentioned in the song "Life Is a Rock But the Radio Rolled Me" by Reunion.
9 Parents were Steven Valenzuela and Connie Valenzuela.
10 Attended Pacoima Junior High School (now Pacoima Middle School).
11 Had a fear of flying after his best friend was killed when two airplanes collided, and the wreckage fell on him.
12 Despite having his most popular hit with "La Bamba", an adaptation of a Mexican folk song, Valens did not speak Spanish.
13 Posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
14 Was one of the performers featured on a set of stamps of rock and blues legends issued by the United States Postal Service in June 1993.
15 Released his first single "Come On, Let's Go" in 1958.
16 His hit song "Donna" was named after his high school sweetheart Donna Ludwig.
17 Died in a plane crash at age 17 along with Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper (Jiles Perry Richardson).
18 Born at 12:56am-PDT


Won Awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1990 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Recording Awarded posthumously on May 11, 1990 at 6733 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1988 Grammy Grammy Awards Song of the Year La Bamba (1987) Los Lobos (performer)



Idol 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Singapore Idol 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
White Chicks 2004 writer: "La Bamba"
Cesko hledá SuperStar 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hrvatski Idol 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Monsieur Ibrahim 2003 performer: "La Bamba"
Stars in Their Eyes Kids 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Deuces Wild 2002 performer: "Come On, Let's Go" / writer: "Come On, Let's Go"
That '70s Show 2001 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years (1955-1970) 2000 TV Movie documentary performer: "Ooh My Head" / writer: "Ooh My Head"
Committed 2000/I performer: "Donna" / writer: "Donna"
Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast TV Series arranger - 1 episode, 1999 performer - 1 episode, 1999
Music from Another Room 1998 writer: "Come On Let's Go"
Stars in Their Eyes 1995 TV Series writer - 1 episode
A Low Down Dirty Shame 1994 arranger: "LA BAMBA"
There Goes My Baby 1994 writer: "La Bamba"
Marienhof 1992 TV Series arranger - 1 episode
That Night 1992 performer: "COME ON LET'S GO" / writer: "COME ON LET'S GO"
Beverly Hills, 90210 TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1991 writer - 1 episode, 1991
Revenge 1990/I arranger: "La Bamba" / performer: "La Bamba"
Quantum Leap TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 1990 writer - 2 episodes, 1990
She's Out of Control 1989 performer: "La Bamba" - as Richie Valens / writer: "La Bamba" - as Richie Valens
Young Love: Lemon Popsicle 7 1987 arranger: "La Bamba" / performer: "La Bamba"
Hill Street Blues 1987 TV Series arranger - 1 episode
La Bamba 1987 arranger: "La Bamba" / lyrics: "Ooh! My Head", "The Paddi Wack Song", "Come On, Let's Go", "Donna", "I Got a Gal Named Sue That's My Little Suzie" / music: "Ooh! My Head", "The Paddi Wack Song", "Come On, Let's Go", "Donna", "I Got a Gal Named Sue That's My Little Suzie"
Moonlighting TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 1986 - 1987 writer - 2 episodes, 1986 - 1987
Tin Men 1987 performer: "La Bamba" / writer: "La Bamba"
The Money Pit 1986 arranger: "LA BAMBA" / performer: "LA BAMBA"
Christine 1983 performer: "Come On, Let's Go" / writer: "Come On, Let's Go"
The Right Stuff 1983 writer: "La Bamba"
Exposed 1983 arranger: "La Bamba" / performer: "La Bamba"
Losin' It 1983 arranger: "La Bamba" / performer: "La Bamba"
Shifshuf Naim 1981 arranger: "La Bamba" / performer: "La Bamba"
Rock 'n' Roll High School 1979 writer: "C'mon Let's Go"
Good Old Days Part II 1978 TV Special performer: "Donna" / writer: "Donna"
Grease 1978 performer: "La Bamba" / writer: "La Bamba"
American Hot Wax 1978 arranger: "La Bamba" / performer: "La Bamba"
The Motel 1976 writer: "La Bamba" - uncredited
That'll Be the Day 1973 writer: "Donna" - uncredited
Shindig! TV Series writer - 1 episode, 1965 arranger - 1 episode, 1964
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show 1960 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Go, Johnny, Go! 1959 performer: "OOH MY HEAD"
Who's Doing the Dishes? TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
Britain's Got More Talent 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Loving 2016 performer: "Ooh! My Head" / writer: "Ooh! My Head"
Girl in a Band 2015 TV Movie documentary arranger: "La Bamba" - uncredited / performer: "La Bamba" - uncredited
S.O.S.: Mulheres ao Mar 2 2015 writer: "La Bamba"
The Goldbergs 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Late Late Show with James Corden 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Strictly Come Dancing 2014 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Vive cantando 2014 TV Series arranger - 1 episode
Vegas 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Roaring 20s: Mick Jagger's Glory Years 2011 Video documentary performer: "La Bamba" / writer: "La Bamba"
Prom 2011 writer: "Come On, Let's Go"
Camping paradis 2011 TV Series arranger - 1 episode
Mafia II 2010 Video Game lyrics: "COME ON LET'S GO", "DONNA" / music: "COME ON LET'S GO", "DONNA" / performer: "COME ON LET'S GO", "DONNA"
20 to 1 2010 TV Series documentary arranger - 1 episode
Guitar Hero World Tour 2008 Video Game arranger: "La Bamba"
Ranchero 2008/I writer: "Fast Freight" - as Richie Valens
Cars 2006 Video Game writer: "Come On, Let's Go" - as Richie Valens
Cheap 2005 performer: "We Belong Together"


La fuga 2014 Short


Go, Johnny, Go! 1959 Himself
The Music Shop 1959 TV Series Himself
The Dick Clark Show 1958 TV Series Himself
New American Bandstand 1965 1958 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

The Latin Explosion: A New America 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself - Musician
The Oracle of Del-Fi 2008 Documentary Himself
101 Most Shocking Moments in Entertainment 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Ritchie Valens Story 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Behind the Music 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
Good Old Days Part II 1978 TV Special Himself

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