Ritchie Valens: A
groundbreaking artist in every sense, the man born Richard Valenzuela made early
rock 'n' roll into a multicultural phenomenon by recording the hits "Donna,"
"Come On, Let's Go" and, most of all, the immortal Spanish-language classic "La
Bamba." He also became ... more one of rock's first martyrs when he died in the same
plane crash that claimed the lives of Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper (referenced
in the Don McLean song "American Pie"). His story was told in the 1987 film "La