- Released: September 14, 2004
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Rhino
- 2.Boney Maronie
- 3.Come On, Let's Go
- 4.Come On, Let's Go
- 5.That's My Little Suzie
- 6.Rock Little Darlin'
- 7.Bluebirds Over The Mountain
- 8.La Bamba
- 9.Let's Rock & Roll
- 12.Summertime Blues
- 13.In A Turkish Town
- 14.Paddiwack Song
- 15.Big Baby Blues
- 17.Stay Beside Me
- 18.Commercial And Radio Announcement
- 19.La Bamba
Personnel includes: Ritchie Valens (vocals).
Includes liner notes by Bob Keane.
THE RITCHIE VALENS STORY contains hits, B-sides and demos, and a 12-page photo booklet.
Personnel: Ritchie Valens (vocals, guitar); Bob Keane (spoken vocals).
Ritchie Valens's death in the same 1959 airplane crash that claimed Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper remains one of the greatest tragedies of early rock & roll. Valens was only 17 years old at the time, standing at the very beginning of his musical career, full of promise and unrealized potential. His simple, heartfelt music made the teenager America's first Latin rock star, inspired a Hollywood film, and earned him a posthumous induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The adolescent longing and playful, exuberant energy of songs such as "La Bamba", "Donna," and "Come On, Let's Go" have long since made them absolute classics.
THE RITCHIE VALENS STORY, narrated by producer Bob Keane, contains the hit recordings of Ritchie's three best-known songs, as well as numerous previously unreleased demos and outtakes. Many of these were spontaneously recorded in Keane's living room and sound raw, unpolished, and fragmentary. Nevertheless, Ritchie's voice and guitar playing carries them through. These demos are fascinating to compare with the hit versions of the songs and provide a rare glimpse into the development of a great talent.