RITCHIE VALENS - INSCRIBED RECORD SIGNED - HFSID 350345
Sale Price $5,525.00
His two-sided hit record "Donna"/ "La Bamba," inscribed and signed on the label and framed in a display to 33x18.
Record inscribed and signed: "Love/To Mary/Ritchie/Valens" on label of "Donna" side. 45-rpm record, produced by DelFi, "Donna" on one side, "La Bamba" on the flip side. Born Richard Valenzuela in 1941 in California's San Fernando Valley, the 17-year-old Chicano rocker was given the stage name Ritchie Valens before the release of his first hit, "Come On, Let's Go", which rose to Number 42 on the U.S. charts in October 1958. After this tune's regional success in the western states, Valens quickly followed up with two nationally popular songs. Written for his girlfriend, the sentimental and somewhat mournful "Donna" was a surprising contrast to the tune on the record's flip side, the vibrant "La Bamba", a Rock and Roll version of a Latino folk dance. "Donna" quickly rose into the Top 10, resulting in Valens' instant demand on the concert circuit. The song was released shortly before his death in a plane crash near Mason City, Iowa, February 3, 1959. Label lightly scuffed and worn, else fine. Tape stains and slight paper loss on label on verso. Record in fine condition. Frame has minor chips at all corners. Framed by the Gallery of History: 33x18.
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