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Ritchie Valens
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    (May 13, 1941-February 3, 1959)
    Birth name is Richard Steven Valenzuela
    Recorded Songs 'Come on, Let's Go,' 'Bamba,' 'Donna,' 'That's My Little Suzie,' 'Cry Cry Cry,' 'Stay Beside Me,' 'Dooby Dooby Wah' and 'In a Turkish Town'
    Basis of the movie 'La Bamba'
    He was a teen idol.
    He died young (age 17)
    Lou Diamond Phillips became famous for portraying him.
    He was very quiet, shy, and reclusive before he began his career as a singer.
    He was given poor characterization in the overrated film, 'La Bamba (1987).'
    He is one of the first rockers to use an electrically powered guitar.
    He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2001).
    He is proof that teen idols do not have to be devastatingly good looking to be successful.
    He is one of the performers featured on a set of stamps of rock/blues legends released by the U.S. Postal Service in June 1993.
    He made his songs 'La Bamba' and 'Come on Let's Go' his trademark.
    He was the first Hispanic singer to gain full-fledged recognition in America.
    He died in a plane crash along with Buddy Holly and Big Bopper (February 3, 1959).

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