To enjoy Prime Music, go to Your Music Library and transfer your account to Amazon.com (US). However, this tune did not actually originate with him. La Bamba’s lasting musical impact has largely benefitted Los Lobos: In 2020, you’re more likely to hear the East L.A. Chicano rockers’ chart-topping version of the song than Valens… Price New from Used from Audio CD, Import, October 5, 2010 A traditional Mexican folk song adapted by Ritchie Valens in 1958. Phillips joins the band for the song's final chorus. "Lasagna" is largely inspired by Los Lobos' version of "La Bamba" and prominently features accordion, Yankovic's main instrument. La Bamba. It was also featured on his posthumous debut album, “Ritchie Valens” (1959). [4], Roger Ebert liked the film and the screenplay, writing, "This is a good small movie, sweet and sentimental, about a kid who never really got a chance to show his stuff. Ritchie actually didn't die that day with the big bopper and buddy holly. 1987 Press Photo Actor Lou Diamond Phillips as Ritchie Valens in "La Bamba" This is an original press photo. In 2017, La Bamba was included in the annual selection of 25 motion pictures added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and recommended for preservation.[1][2]. It featured Lou Diamond Phillips (who played Valens in the film named after the song). [41], In 1980, singer Perla recorded a version on her Spanish album. The film also covers the effect that Valens' career had on the lives of his half-brother Bob Morales, his girlfriend Donna Ludwig, and the rest of his family. Listen free to Ritchie Valens – La Bamba (La Bamba, Donna). However, when they get an opportunity, Ritchie and Bob sneak out for a good time. Valens, who was 17 at the time, was a rock ‘n’ roll pioneer who captivated teens with songs like "Donna" and "La Bamba." He even invites Bob to fly out to Chicago to join the tour for family support. La Bamba. [15] It is also included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's list of 500 songs that were influential in shaping rock and roll.[16]. 251,709 views, added to favorites 2,910 times. 4.6 out of 5 stars 68 ratings. It is traditionally associated with weddings, and the earliest recognized recording of th… A repeated lyric is "Yo no soy marinero, soy capitán", meaning "I am not a sailor, I am the captain"; Veracruz is a maritime locale. "Weird Al" Yankovic included a parody of the song, titled "Lasagna", on his album Even Worse. The "arriba" (literally "up") part of the song suggests the nature of the dance, in which the footwork, called "zapateado", is done faster and faster as the music tempo accelerates. View official tab. RITCHIE VALENS: the original la bamba Guest Star 12" LP. 4.7 out of 5 stars 107. "La Bamba" has been covered by numerous artists, most notably by Los Lobos, whose version was the title track of the 1987 film La Bamba, a bio-pic about Valens, and reached No. "[3] Or the name may perhaps be derived from the Kimbundu word "mbamba" meaning "master" as in someone who does something adeptly or skillfully. Later in 1945, the music and dance were introduced at the Stork Club in New York City by Arthur Murray. $12.65. All of Ritchie Valens' songs were performed by Los Lobos. The Best of Ritchie Valens is a nice compilation of Valens's original recordings. From the Album La Bamba November 2, 1958 4.5 out of 5 stars 24 ratings. [42][43], In 1985, Canadian children's singer Charlotte Diamond covered the song in a video that also appeared in the Canadian children's series Ants in Your Pants.[44]. His brother Bob Morales became a local legend in his own right, but what happened to him? $12.00. Ritchie Valens was only 17 years old when he died, eight months after he signed to Del-Fi Records and produced three songs that hit the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Historic Images Part Number: RSH48375 [6] A popular version by Andrés Huesca (1917–1957) and his brother Victor, billed as Hermanos Huesca, was issued on Peerless Records in Mexico in about 1945–46. Audio CD. 2. "[5], Janet Maslin, writing for The New York Times, was impressed with Lou Diamond Phillips' performance, and wrote, "A film like this is quite naturally a showcase for its star, and as Valens, Lou Diamond Phillips has a sweetness and sincerity that in no way diminish the toughness of his onstage persona. ^shipments figures based on certification alone, In 1960, Harry Belafonte's live version of the song was released on his album Belafonte Returns to Carnegie Hall. On one occasion, they take a road trip to Tijuana, visiting one of the local nightclubs where Ritchie discovers the song that would eventually become his signature song, "La Bamba". La Bamba eventually grossed $52,678,820 in the United States in 12 weeks. He also had an American number-two hit with " Donna ". Wyclef Jean and Dora the Explorer in the 2010 Mega Music feast on Nickelodeon. [45], Ritchie Valens, "Ritchie Valens in Come On. Mats Johansson, Magnus Nilsson, "William Clauson", Richie Unterberger, Liner notes for reissue of Cynthia Gooding's, "Show 14 - Big Rock Candy Mountain: Rock 'n' roll in the late fifties. In fact ritchie is alive and well and playingg in los lobos and of course buddy goes by a new name elvis costello. Why did you have to die?" Ritchie Valens. La Bamba is a 1987 American biographical film written and directed by Luis Valdez that follows the life and career of Chicano rock 'n' roll star Ritchie Valens. The song ranked No. It became popular, and the song was adopted by Mexican presidential candidate Miguel Alemán Valdés who used it in his successful campaign. Lou Diamond Phillips (as Valens), is then shown backed by the Mexican American rock band Los Lobos, performing Valens' version of "La Bamba" accompanied by the closing credits. The film follows Ritchie from his days in Pacoima, California where he and his family make a meager living working on farms to his rise as a star. 59 in VH1's 100 Greatest Dance Songs in 2000. Marshall Crenshaw plays Buddy Holly performing "Crying, Waiting, Hoping" at the final concert in Clear Lake, Iowa. In its opening weekend, the film grossed a total of $5,698,884. among recordings deemed classics by Library of Congress", Lescharts.com – Ritchie Valens – La Bamba", Austriancharts.at – Los Lobos – La Bamba", "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada", Offiziellecharts.de – Los Lobos – La Bamba", Norwegiancharts.com – Los Lobos – La Bamba", Swedishcharts.com – Los Lobos – La Bamba", Listy bestsellerów, wyróżnienia :: Związek Producentów Audio-Video", "Billboard Hot 100 60th Anniversary Interactive Chart", "Canadian single certifications – Los Lobos – La Bamba", "Les Certifications (Albums) du SNEP (Bilan par Artiste) > "Los Lobos" > "Ok", Recording Industry Association of America, "Texas, with an East L.A. Phillips played the late star, a role many fans still recognize him for. The traditional song inspired Ritchie Valens' rock and roll version "La Bamba" in 1958. In between, clips from the movie are shown. [12] Valens' "La Bamba" infused the traditional tune with a rock drive, in part provided by session musicians Earl Palmer and Carol Kaye, making the song popular with a much wider record audience and earning it (and Valens) a place in rock history (he was inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001). 1 single. The film also focuses on Ritchie's aviophobia (fear of flying), triggered by a recurring dream he has as a result of a midair collision between two planes that actually occurred directly over Ritchie's school, in which Ritchie's best friend was crushed to death by one of the fallen aircraft (Ritchie was absent from school that day to attend his grandfather's funeral). Only 1 left in stock - order soon. The music video for Los Lobos' version, directed by Sherman Halsey, won the 1988 MTV Video Music Award for Best Video from a Film. Stream ad-free or purchase CD's and MP3s now on Amazon.com. Also featured are several members of the Valenzuela family and director Luis Valdez's family, including: This production had the full support of the Valenzuela family. While they are performing, the carnival-goers dance near and on stage. PHOTO FRONT PHOTO BACK. And his rendition of the song was released by Del-Fi Records on 18 October 1958. Bob darts out of his driveway in an attempt to get to his mother before she hears the bad news through the radio. "La Bamba" (pronounced [la ˈβamba]) is a Mexican folk song, originally from the state of Veracruz, best known from a 1958 adaptation by Ritchie Valens, a top 40 hit in the U.S. charts and one of early rock and roll's best-known songs. 2 tracks (4:28). $9.59. The traditional aspect of "La Bamba" lies in the tune, which remains almost the same through most versions. [5], According to a 1945 article in Life magazine, the song and associated dance were brought "out of the jungle" at Veracruz by American bandleader Everett Hoagland, who introduced it at Ciro's nightclub in Mexico City. As the title suggests, the lyrics are about Italian cuisine, and are sung in a mock Italian accent. 2 watching. Check out La Bamba by Ritchie Valens on Amazon Music. La Bamba tab by Ritchie Valens. And stars don't fall from the sky. The Los Lobos version remained No. La Bamba by Ritchie Valens – Lyrics in Spanish and in English 6 Replies This week I chose the easiest Spanish song I could possibly choose, which also happens to be the only Spanish-language song I knew as a child. Also in 1963, Glen Campbell recorded the song on his album The Astounding 12-String Guitar of Glen Campbell. 1. Discover more music, concerts, videos, and pictures with the largest catalogue online at Last.fm. [11], The traditional song inspired Ritchie Valens' rock and roll version "La Bamba" in 1958. or Best Offer. At first, Ritchie manages to avoid flying to his concerts and appearances; but he must eventually conquer his fear when invited to perform his song "Donna" on American Bandstand. $3.33 shipping. The movie also has several subplots, such as his relationship with his mother Connie Valenzuela (DeSoto) and half-brother Bob Morales (Esai Morales), and the jealousy Bob felt toward Ritchie because of Ritchie's success. "La Bamba is a classic example of the son jarocho musical style, which originated in the Mexican state of Veracruz and combines Spanish, indigenous, and African musical elements. "La Bamba" was the B side of the September 1968 release of Neil Diamond's "Shilo". We have an official La Bamba tab made by UG professional guitarists. This recording was reissued on a 1997 compilation by Yazoo Records, The Secret Museum Of Mankind Vol. Released February 5, 2014 ℗ Lucky Vintage. Valens' version of "La Bamba" is included in Robert Christgau's "Basic Record Library" of 1950s and 1960s recordings — published in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981)[1] — and ranked number 345 on Rolling Stone magazine′s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. La Bamba is a 1987 American biographical film written and directed by Luis Valdez that follows the life and career of Chicano rock 'n' roll star Ritchie Valens. 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A plane crash in Iowa claimed the lives of pilot Roger Peterson, Buddy Holly, J.P. Richardson, and Ritchie Valens. [citation needed], In 1979, singer Antonia Rodriguez recorded a disco version which hit number thirty-four on the American disco chart. Ritchie's record producer and manager, Bob Keane (Pantoliano), helps him by giving him a little vodka to calm his nerves during the flight to Philadelphia for the Bandstand appearance. $19.99. ∙ Valens was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 by Ricky Martin. Originally released in 1987, La Bamba is about Ritchie Valens (born Richard Steven Valenzuela), an influential Chicano rock ‘n’ roll star who lived a short but inspiring life. "La Bamba" is a traditional Mexican folk song that became a hit for the young rocker Ritchie Valens after he died in a plane crash on February 3, 1959 along with Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper. Also available in the iTunes Store More by Ritchie Valens. Audio CD. When the Los Lobos cover of Valens' version peaked at No. Please don't get on the plane! Storyline This is the true story of Ritchie Valens, a young rock and roll singer who tragically died in a plane crash at age 17. 98 in VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Rock and Roll in 1999, and No. [10] The song was also recorded for the French market in 1956 by Juanita Linda and her backing group Los Mont-Real. The film also covers the effect that Valens' career had on the lives of his half-brother Bob Morales, his girlfriend Donna Ludwig, and the rest of his family. Valens, who became a hit sensation with his track "La La Bamba" and was immortalized in the film of the same name, was only 17 when he died. However, Donna's father is shown as having issues with his daughter dating a Mexican-American, which causes friction between Ritchie and Donna. Valens, Holly, and Bopper take off in an airplane during a snowstorm for their fateful flight on February 3, 1959, (the night that came to be known as "The Day the Music Died"). Texas rock band Los Lonely Boys have frequently performed "La Bamba" in concert. In the video, the band performs at a carnival in front of a merry-go-round at night. The song is very popular with Mariachi bands and is often played at weddings. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1987, Valens was retroactively credited with writing a No. The film stars Lou Diamond Phillips as Valens, Esai Morales, Rosanna DeSoto, Elizabeth Peña, Danielle von Zerneck, and Joe Pantoliano. Only 3 left in stock - order soon. Valens' "La Bamba" infused the traditional tune with a rock drive, in part provided by session musicians Earl Palmer and Carol Kaye, making the song popular with a much wider record audience and earning it (and Valens) a place in rock history (he was inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001). [Part 4]", Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, "Jay-Z, a speech by Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and 'Schoolhouse Rock!' Discover releases, reviews, credits, songs, and more about Ritchie Valens - La Bamba at Discogs. [3] In Australia it opened on September 17, 1987. Ritchie Valens The Original La Bamba 1963 Mono LP Guest Star Label . In 2017, La Bamba was included in the an… Huesca re-recorded the song for RCA Victor in 1947,[4] and the same year the song featured as a production number in the MGM musical film Fiesta, performed by a group called Los Bocheros and with the songwriting credited to Luis Martinez Serrano. When at the screening she saw Phillips (as Valens) boarding the plane for the ill-fated Winter Dance Party flight; Lemos, who was only six years old at the time of the crash, was said to hysterically grab onto Phillips and shout, "Don't go Ritchie! The next day, as Bob is fixing his mother's car, he hears the news bulletin on the radio that his brother's plane crashed without any survivors. 1 in the U.S. and UK singles charts in the same year. In the final scene, the cars to Ritchie's funeral are shown driving slowly into San Fernando Mission Cemetery and Bob is then seen walking across a bridge and screaming out Ritchie's name, remembering all the good times they had together (in flashback), accompanied by the Santo & Johnny instrumental "Sleep Walk". The news hits the Valenzuela family, Bob Keane, and Donna very hard. Trini Lopez performed his own version of "La Bamba" on his album Trini Lopez Live at PJs, released in 1963; this recording of the tune was later reissued as a single in 1966. Directed by Luis Valdez, La Bamba tells the story of Valens’ rise to fame in the late fifties. La Bamba. Valens died in … read more Ritchie Valens La Bamba '87 By the Immortal Del Fi Records, 1987 Sealed New LP. "[6], The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 91% of critics gave the film a positive review, based on forty-three reviews. About La Bamba "La Bamba" (pronounced [la ˈβamba]) is a Mexican folk song, originally from the state of Veracruz, best known from a 1958 adaptation by Ritchie Valens, a top 40 hit in the U. S. charts and one of early rock and roll's best-known songs. $4.00 shipping. 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. Photo measures 8 x 10.25inches. Author andreas5 [a] 803. Let’s Go" Del-Fi Records, liner notes, Learn how and when to remove this template message, Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies, La Bamba Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, MTV Video Music Award for Best Video from a Film, The Astounding 12-String Guitar of Glen Campbell, "A Basic Record Library: The Fifties and Sixties", "National Geographic - Inspiring People to Care About the Planet Since 1888", https://www.spanishdict.com/translate/bambolear. [13], The song features a simple verse-chorus form. See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions. Valens, who was proud of his Mexican heritage, was hesitant at first to merge "La Bamba" with rock and roll but then agreed. Such as was the case when an incident involving Ritchie's real-life sister Connie Lemos occurred that disrupted the screening of the film. Valens transformed the song into one with a rock rhythm and beat, and it became a hit in 1958, making Valens a pioneer of the Spanish-speaking rock and roll movement. ∙ The turbocharged version of the Mexican folk song “La Bamba” cemented Valens’ legacy as a Chicano rock pioneer, as well as providing the title for the hit 1987 biopic. Ritchie Valens is the credited writer of “La Bamba”. Unfortunately, by the time he gets there, she stands immobile. Don McLean immortalized Ritchie and his friends' deaths as "The Day the Music Died", when he chronicled his reaction to hearing about the plane crash in his song "American Pie". Although an obscure and possibly non-existent 1908 Mexican recording has been cited,[4] the earliest certain recording of the song is that by Alvaro Hernández Ortiz, credited as El Jarocho, which was released on the Victor label in Mexico in about 1939 (Victor 76102). As Ritchie becomes more famous, his responsibilities change, and eventually he must join the ill-fated Winter Dance Party tour with Buddy Holly (Marshall Crenshaw) and "The Big Bopper" (Stephen Lee) after his hits, "La Bamba" and "Donna", reach the top of the Billboard charts. At the end of the music video, in the morning, the band is still playing on their acoustic guitars (with Phillips present) on the empty carnival grounds while janitors clean up around them. Lemos later admitted on VH-1's Behind the Music that she realized at that moment that she never fully accepted her brother's death. Valens had several hits, most notably " La Bamba ", which he had adapted from a Mexican folk song. The name of the dance, which has no direct English translation, is presumably connected with the Spanish verb "bambolear", meaning "to sway," "to shake" or "to wobble. The film opened in wide release in the United States on July 24, 1987. Listen Now Buy song $1.29. He claimed to have heard the song in Veracruz, and in performance slowed down the tempo to encourage audience participation. The Complete Ritchie Valens - Donna, La Bamba And The Original 3 Albums [ORIGINAL RECORDINGS REMASTERED] by Jasmine Music (2010-10-05) Ritchie Valens Format: Audio CD. 2:54 PREVIEW 1 Song, 3 Minutes. He recorded numerous hits during his short career, most notably the 1958 hit "La Bamba." It is the only song on the list sung in a language other than English. The site's consensus states: "Elevated by a perceptive performance by a perfectly cast Lou Diamond Phillips, La Bamba distills its subject's creative energy -- and reflects his music's enduring appeal. The band has a cameo in the movie wherein they sang in the brothel ballroom in Tijuana. Bob resorts to drinking heavily and, at one point, leads him to yelling in a drunken rage in front of his mother's door, "I want to see my daughter!" His previously recorded but unreleased studio version from 1958 was included in a 2001 compilation, Very Best of Harry Belafonte, under the title "Bam Bam Bamba."[40]. Complete your Ritchie Valens collection. Best of Ritchie Valens. The original title of this film was "Let's Go", named for Valens' hit song: "Come On, Let's Go!". The Complete Ritchie Valens - Donna, La Bamba And The Original 3 Albums Ritchie Valens. The best things in it are the most unexpected things: the portraits of everyday life, of a loving mother, of a brother who loves and resents him, of a kid growing up and tasting fame and leaving everyone standing around at his funeral shocked that his life ended just as it seemed to be beginning. It was a Top 40 hit in the US charts at the time and is one of early rock-and-roll’s most well-known songs. Today this wedding tradition is observed less often than in the past, but the dance is still popular, perhaps through the popularity of ballet folklórico. The dance is performed displaying the newly wed couple's unity through the performance of complicated, delicate steps in unison as well as through creation of a bow from a listón, a long red ribbon, using only their feet. in reference to the child he sired with Ritchie's first girlfriend Rosie (Peña). When we were kids, we went on a lot of road trips. The role is blandly written, but Mr. Phillips gives Valens backbone. Your Amazon Music account is currently associated with a different marketplace. [8][9] Another version, "somewhat bowdlerized", was recorded by Cynthia Gooding on her 1953 Elektra album, Mexican Folk Songs. Richard Steven Valenzuela (Phillips) is a normal teenage boy who becomes a rock 'n' roll superstar under the stage name Ritchie Valens. The musicians on that session were Buddy Clark: string bass, Ernie Freeman: pia… The biggest hit at the time was "Donna," along with "Come On, Let's Go," but he's perhaps remembered most today for "La Bamba," based on a Mexican folk song, a driving combination of rock and Latin rhythm. 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Rolling Stone relates that in his eight-month career, Valens recorded 29 songs — 21 of them he'd written himself. Ritchie Valens was a Mexican American singer and songwriter influential in the Chicano rock movement. [citation needed]. However, versions such as those by musical groups Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan and Los Pregoneros del Puerto have survived because of the artists' popularity. Ritchie Valens : My mom reckons I'm going to be a star. He meets and falls in love with fellow high school student Donna Ludwig (von Zerneck), for whom he wrote a song that became a number two hit ("Donna"). In the Philippines, it premiered on September 10, 1987. Furthermore, Valens' recording of the song was inducted into the Latin Grammy Hall of Fame.[14]. Before the ill-fated flight, Ritchie makes a call to his brother, wherein they patch up their differences. The musicians on that session were Buddy Clark: string bass, Ernie Freeman: piano, Carol Kaye: acoustic rhythm guitar, René Hall: Danelectro guitar (six-string baritone guitar), Earl Palmer: drums and claves, Ritchie Valens: vocals, lead guitar. It amazes me how many good songs Ritchie Valens recorded within a few months before his untimely death. I had listened to Los Lobos perform many of the songs for the movie "La Bamba", but I wanted to listen to the original recordings. [7], The Swedish-American folk singer William Clauson recorded the song in several languages in the early and mid 1950s. La Bamba (1987) Lou Diamond Phillips as Ritchie Valens. The real Bob Morales and Connie Valenzuela came to the set to help the actors portray their characters accurately, and Connie (in life known as "Concha") makes a cameo appearance as an older lady sitting next to Ritchie at the family's first party. … In one scene, Bob won an important art contest that helps promising cartoonists, only to throw away his prize because, in his mind, his mother doesn't seem to care enough. Photo is dated 07-07-1987. Phillips bonded with the Valenzuelas and, at one point, actually became Ritchie to them. The film stars Lou Diamond Phillips as Valens, Esai Morales, Rosanna DeSoto, Elizabeth Peña, Danielle von Zerneck, and Joe Pantoliano. They cite Valens as an influence in their music. The song is typically played on one or two Arpa jarochas (harps) along with guitar relatives the jarana jarocha and the requinto jarocho'[2] Lyrics to the song vary greatly, as performers often improvise verses while performing. 2:08 PREVIEW That's My Little Suzie ... More by Ritchie Valens. In 2019, Valens' version was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". 1 for three weeks in the summer of 1987. Brian Setzer has a cameo as Eddie Cochran performing "Summertime Blues" onstage, while Howard Huntsberry starred as singer Jackie Wilson in the film, singing a cover of "Lonely Teardrops," which was on the soundtrack LP. A traditional huapango song, "La Bamba" is often played during weddings in Veracruz, where the bride and groom perform the accompanying dance. 4. Rather it is a folk song from Mexico which was influenced by the musical styles of Spain, Africaand the indigenous peoples of Veracruz. 4.5 out of 5 stars 81.