The Official Ritchie Valens Website

By Joel Comm June 30, 1999 95 Comments   

Yesterday we visited the Buddy Holly website, and saw the impact his music made. Today we visit one of his contemporaries whose music also made an impact, and is remembered today as well.

It is the Ritchie Valens website, and is maintained by Del-Fi Records, the company who recorded him during his all too short career. Here you can find out a lot of information about who Ritchie was, about how he grew up, and how his sound was discovered and recorded. There are extensive links to other sites, as well as photos and sounds to listen to.

Needless to say, Ritchie was part of the events on the day the music died. But his rock and roll legacy lives on, both in the film La Bamba, and in his music which is still as popular on the airwaves today as it was forty years ago. Enjoy your visit here today.

http://www.ritchievalens.com

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95 Comments to “The Official Ritchie Valens Website”
  1. Gayla Delaney says:
    Just wanted the family to know... We still love you & Ritchie & always will!! Bob, you are a great inspiration to us all and are a great gift to us all!!! God bless you all.
  2. Janice says:
    Holding a loss with great esteem He lay asleep with old shadows Circumvent not, new waken dream Beneath the sun there lay a bream Too much ardor for faithful ones Holding a loss with great esteem Once blue, now frozen stood a stream A love withdrew when fall was young Circumvent not, new waken dream Each pebble thrown, love was the theme All was the same, his morning breaths Holding a loss with great esteem Two souls conjoined, he was the seam His hasty fleet fluttered the wind Circumvent not, new waken dream Two childhoods known, both were extreme His music took side, and there stood time Holding a loss with great esteem Circumvent not, new waken dream RIP RITCHIE
  3. Marie Cottrell says:
    I wasnt even born yet, but I remember when I was little my parents playing Ritchies music. I loved it then and love it still , the songs keep playing over and over in my head. Ritchie was a great performer in the entertainment industry. You are with God now and your music will live forever here. You were the greatest entertainer that I ever heard. RIP Ritchie
  4. Beth Henriques says:
    Just finished watching "La Bamba" again. I can't imagine what your poor family must have endured. Thanks for the websites and for keeping Ritchie's memories and music alive!
  5. Amalia lcaraz says:
    Richie Valens Family: My son is thirteen years old, and is a fan of Ritchie Valens from k watch the movie "La Bamba" and since then is interested in knowing more about the life of Ritchie. And now he has made ​​up his mind that he wants to meet Bob, Ritchie Visit the tomb to bring her flowers. But it is not allowed. Could any of you help me with that permission? Another thing you want is knowing k where Ritchie lived in Pacoima! We are residents of this City. thanks sincerely Amalia A.
  6. Carol rodriguez says:
    Where do the valenzuela family live now?
  7. Heather Epstein says:
    R.I.P. U were ripped out if this life before u had a chance to see what was out there
  8. Linda Maples says:
    I love the movie Labamba. I love the music and the relationship Ritchie Valens had with his mother. I can watch the movie hundreds of times. What ever happened to Rosie and Connie? What did they do after Ritchie died? I know Connie has passed away - back in the 80's. Please write me back so I will know. Thank you. Linda Maples, Orlando, Florida.
  9. Donna says:
    How in love was Donna if she was married within a year after his death??? BTW...Ritchie deserves a better "Official Site" than this!
  10. mama d says:
    Everyone wants to know the same thing, what ever happened to Rosie and Bob's child Brenda? And is Richie's mom still alive?
  11. diane says:
    ok this site mentions nothing about what happened to anybody,duh
  12. Debbie Haskell says:
    Hi I really want to see pictures of bob when he was younger do you know where I can find them? Thanks
  13. DIANE says:
    Whatever happened to everybody, Rosie, Donna, Bob & mom
  14. Connie says:
    This is really Cool. I understand. My brother collects all the old records. His collection is worth big, big bucks. I bet he knows what happened to his family. Like my brother is freak about all this stuff.
  15. cv says:
    I don't mean to deflate anyones hopes in regards to finding answers to questions about Ritchie, his surviving family or Donna, but this isn't a web site it's a BLOG!!! Maybe I'm wrong but where are the pictures? Where are the answers? C'mon, let's go and get real!
  16. LORENA says:
    YESTERDAY 10/11/07 THEY WHERE PASSING IT ON TV THE MOVIE LA BAMBA IM 26 YEARS AND I INTO THE OLD TIME MUSIC AND EVERY TIME A SEE IT I CRY.WHAT EVER HAPPEN TO HIS FAMILA
  17. tommy atkinson says:
    Hello ritchie valens. That not cool your brother drink lot of beer he say lot of bad word's made rose upset is go have a babby soon. Ritchie said look bob be cool with man win the babby come is you not be with rose. You died in the plane crash that is sad you are gong. i watch you on dvd.
  18. Antonia Garcia says:
    my big brother used to love your son music , you see we were from texas and he grew up with your son music, i'm sorry to bother you with this , you see my older brother died in the bp blast in texas in the year 2005 now my daughter is asking about his favorite singer all i remember is when my brother pass i got all his records ( which was richies records) i'm his little sister he has brothers & sisters, we were of 10 in the ramos family so if you could help my child with her report about your son it would be so helpful thank you antonia garcia
  19. j v says:
    i am just 23 yrs. old but my father grew up in the yrs. when ritchie sang and became famous. while i was growing up my dad told me that all music is beautiful no matter what race you are, so i would listen to all the oldies. i had heard about ritchie's death and how young he was, but what really got to me was when i saw the movie and knowing its based on real life and how it affected his family. my sympathy to his mother b/c having a family memeber or friend pass away hurts for a while,but the loss of a child hurts forever.i also feel his bro's & sis's pain
  20. maria says:
    my e-mail [email removed]
  21. maria says:
    This message is for connie! Hi this is maria from the concert, can you please contact me I hope you still have my number and now you have my e-mail. Hope to hear from you soon!! PLEASE thank you maria
  22. ANTHONY GARZA says:
    WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO HIS FAMILY?
  23. G-Money says:
    Hello, I was wondering what's up with bobbo? How is the rest of Ritchies family doing?
  24. G-Money says:
    RITCHIE VALENS _4_EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  25. jean says:
    I just love richie's music. Whenever i see La bamba i cry. Richie seemed to be a gentle soul, it's a pity he had to die at such a young age.
  26. NORMA (MISS POOH) says:
    RICHIE VALENS U WILL ALWAYS BE WITH ME IN THE GOOD TIMES AND BAD TIMES WE PASTED.................. !!!!!!!!I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!! YOUR MY MAN......
  27. Nataly Gutierrez says:
    RICHIE U WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART . ......I.........................................................LOVE .......................................................U ....................PAPACITO
  28. morgan james veater says:
    to bob and ritchies mother, my name is morgan veater and i am 22 years old and live in mesa, az i just want you to know that i was 3 and a half years old when labamba came out and i dont know how a movie like labamba could have such a big impact on a 3 year old big city kid but it DID! i used to watch labamba every single day as if it were a g.i. joe cartoon! i love your sons music ms. valenzuela and i just want to thank you for creating such a great role model to me! ritchie will always be apart of me and the way i live my life!I WOULD LOVE FOR YOU AND IF YOU COULD BOB WRITE ME BACK, IT WOULD SERIOUSLY MEAN THE WORLD TO ME! i just want to thank you again ms. valenzuela for your time and if your ever in the area of mesa please call me at [phone number removed] i would love to meet you!
  29. bree says:
    love this web site..but having trouble finding any information regarding ritchie valens family how they are...how they coped after his death and whatever happened to donna..
  30. Rebecca Mendoza says:
    Just wanted to say that I would love to see photos of the Family then and now? Also iwould like to say the movie was BEATIFUL! So is Esai Morales Im soo in love with him Very HANDSOME MAN!Oh if he could send some photos of himself? Thanks,Rebecca
  31. Vicki Boston says:
    I just love LA BAMBA. Anyway, I can't believe it has been 47 years, since Buddy's, Ritchie's, and BIG BOPPER. Please take care. Now they ought to do THE BIG BOPPER'S movie.
  32. sophia says:
    What happened to rosie and the baby after ritchie died. And also what happened with donna?
  33. joe la salle says:
    i would like to know the answers to all the questions asked on this web page about richin valens fam.
  34. joe la salle says:
    i would like to know the answers to all the questions asked on this web page about richin valens fam.
  35. Ashley says:
    I just wanna know if Bob and Rosie straighten out their problems after Ritchie died also if Bob relized that life s to short ro be acting the way he did.I ill also like to know how was Donna.And also I just anna say I love the hell out of the movie La Bamba and the characters. P.S. please keep my e-mail because I will love to Kno about Ritchie.
  36. JOHN LEMOS says:
    THE ONLY WEBSITE THAT IS AUTHORIZED BY RITCHIES FAMILY IS WWW.RITCHIEVALENS.COM
  37. JOHN LEMOS says:
    THE ONLY WEBSITE AUTHORIZED BY THE ENTIRE FAMILY I WWW.RITCHIEVALENS.COM
  38. Greg Myers says:
    This website is well crafted and certainly well documented. It has many things of which well expands its' expectations. Fans will not be disappointed with the website that is authorized by Bob and Joanie Morales. If you want to know many things on Ritchie and beyond, visit the website. Myself enjoy it very much and cannot say enough about it. We at Diamond Entertainment Inc. certainly love it and think that fans will appreciate it very much. I don't think that anyone does it better than the webmaster, really it is a great way to remember Ritchie by. I am a fan of Ritchie and Bob and to me it is the only place to visit and enjoy the moments of past and present. Greg Myers
  39. Greg Myers says:
    This website is well crafted and certainly well documented. It has many things of which well expands its' expectations. Fans will not be disappointed with the website that is authorized by Bob and Joanie Morales. If you want to know many things on Ritchie and beyond, visit the website. Myself enjoy it very much and cannot say enough about it. We at Diamond Entertainment Inc. certainly love it and think that fans will appreciate it very much. I don't think that anyone does it better than the webmaster, really it is a great way to remember Ritchie by. I am a fan of Ritchie and Bob and to me it is the only place to visit and enjoy the moments of past and present. Greg Myers
  40. Greg Myers says:
    This website is well crafted and certainly well documented. It has many things of which well expands its' expectations. Fans will not be disappointed with the website that is authorized by Bob and Joanie Morales. If you want to know many things on Ritchie and beyond, visit the website. Myself enjoy it very much and cannot say enough about it. We at Diamond Entertainment Inc. certainly love it and think that fans will appreciate it very much. I don't think that anyone does it better than the webmaster, really it is a great way to remember Ritchie by. I am a fan of Ritchie and Bob and to me it is the only place to visit and enjoy the moments of past and present. Greg Myers
  41. Greg Myers says:
    This website is well crafted and certainly well documented. It has many things of which well expands its' expectations. Fans will not be disappointed with the website that is authorized by Bob and Joanie Morales. If you want to know many things on Ritchie and beyond, visit the website. Myself enjoy it very much and cannot say enough about it. We at Diamond Entertainment Inc. certainly love it and think that fans will appreciate it very much. I don't think that anyone does it better than the webmaster, really it is a great way to remember Ritchie by. I am a fan of Ritchie and Bob and to me it is the only place to visit and enjoy the moments of past and present. Greg Myers
  42. CONNIE says:
    HI RITCHIE FANS, FOR THE ONLY SITE AUTHORIZED BY RITCHIE'S FAMILY BOB, CONNIE IRMA AND MARIO PLEASE VISIT WWW.RITCHIEVALENS.COM YOU WILL FIND BIO'S ON ALL THE FAMILY MEMBERS, WONDERFUL SCRAPBOOK FULL OF OUR FAMILY PHOTOS,NEWS PAGE AND MUCH MORE. ALSO COMING SOON ORGINIAL RITCHIE THE RITCHIE VALENS STORE. VISIT US SOON. CONNIE
  43. dawn says:
    bob and rosie did have a relationship, they were together for 18 years and had several children, they split and bob remarried but they are still good friends.
  44. dawn says:
    bob and rosie did have a relationship, they were together for 18 years and had several children, they split and bob remarried but they are still good friends.
  45. Zack says:
    Rosie and Bob never had a relationship,the director only added this because it happened to him and his brother.Nor was there ever a love triangle between Rosie,Bob and Richie That is why you find info about Bob and another woman.
  46. Emiliano says:
    I wanted to know what happened to Bob after Ritchie die?What happened to Donna,Rosie,and Bob's daughter?
  47. Emiliano says:
    I wanted to know what happened to Bob after Ritchie die?What happened to Donna,Rosie,and Bob's daughter?
  48. James Carter says:
    Someone told me that before the they took off in the plane, just after the coin toss.the person that took the bus told ritchie I hope you r plane crashes.And richie replied I hope your bus crashes. IS THAT TRUE?
  49. Ronald Staab says:
    What did happened to Ritchie familys plus what about Donna did she marry ,have childen
  50. lillie says:
    What happend to Rosie Morales and the Baby? How did Bob end up with a wife named diffrently.
  51. nene says:
    what happened to ritchie valens family
  52. JOSE says:
    ICANTT WRITE IN INGLES BUT RITCHIE ES MY HEROE MY STAR THE BEST.QUIERO SAVER QUE PASO CON SU FAMILIA Y LA DIRECCION DE DONDE VIVIO RITCHIE PORQUE QUIERO IR A CONOCER TODO LO QUE RODEO SU VIDA RITCHIE*******THE BEST****
  53. Rick Smits says:
    How did Valens brother die?
  54. stacy says:
    what happened to his family?
  55. camille says:
    WHEN WILL THE WEBSITE BE DONE FOR I AM TRYING TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED TO RITCHIES FAMILY, I HAVE WONDERED THIS FOR YEARS, THANK YOU
  56. tori says:
    hi again im tori and i have a lot of info to tell so headsup ritchiehad dreame of when his best friend died when a plane hit hem in the head and then that night of febuary 3rd 1959 ritchie valen and big bopper and buddy holly were in a plane and it was a stormy day.it was a blezzerd and they all went on the plane and that is how ritcie valens died.as we all know donna and bobby and ritchies mom were all sad even his class mates
  57. tori says:
    i love ritchie valens i have dreams about him because my best friend is ritchies cousin. i siked
  58. Bridget Bennett says:
    Would like to know where I can get a copy of the show named "The day the music died". It was on VH1 quite a while ago. Thought for sure I taped it but cannot find it. Any help? Thanks so much.
  59. Diana says:
    I think it is amazing how still up to this day there are fans as young as they are and how motivated they are with Ritchie Valens. It is incredible how much time has passed, it is a whole different era and still there are many fans out there and many people trying to keep his history alive. The movie is very popular and amazingly fresh even though it is almost twenty years old. I appreciate and respect all of the people responsible for making this website possible and still alive. Ritchie Valens we still love you!
  60. Hello Fans, The official Ritchie Valens is at the following address. http://www.ritchievalens.org Bob Morales and his wife Joanie endorse this website it is theirs' along with Steve. Bob Morales responds to questions on the website noted above ritchievalens.org and he will soon have his own official website as well. His address is below. http://www.labambabob.com These are the only two that Bob Morales is associated to, he may appear on the other sites, but his main sites are the ones that I have noted. Thanks, RitchieValensWebmaster
  61. JOHN LEMOS says:
    FAMILY WEBSITE IS RITCHIE VALENS.COM IT WILL BE UP VERY SOON,ANSWERS TO ALL YOUR QUESTIONS WE BE HANDLE BY EACH FAMILY MEMBER AS ASKED FAMILY MEMBERS ARE CONNIE LEMOS,IRMA NORTON,MARIO RAMARIZ AND BOB MORALES. THANKS JOHN LEMOS
  62. jay says:
    I know a little about Bob Morales (ritchie valen's brother). He is not dead as mentioned before and he is married to a lady named Joanne. coming soon there will be a bob morales website which will talk about the family. labambabob.com check it out should be good
  63. jynx james says:
    hi, my name is jynx and i was wondering about donna and bob, see how they're going and how they're coping in life without ritchie and i would also like some pics of bob,donna and his family. thankyou
  64. Jessica says:
    What happened to richies mom,sisters and also what about his brother bob,wife rosie and his daughter.When richie died what happenend to the house and car. Is donna still alive and what did she do afterwards? I want to know everything!
  65. Al says:
    What happened to Ritchie's family after his death? (Bob, Connie, Rosie, and Donna)
  66. cassie says:
    what happened to his father? my grandmother was at the same school and on the playground when his plane crashed. she has blocked it out and has no recollection of anything. i am just curious as to who was injured or possibly killed. she can't remember anything.
  67. Buddy says:
    what happened to ritchie's family ?! and poor donna !
  68. emily Ancira says:
    I just want to ask. Whatever happened to Donna.No one really payed much attention to her a few years after ritchie died.
  69. moe says:
    I was a teenager when Richie was popular.I really loved all the popular musicians back then. Music was changing,rock and roll,the combination of mixed musicians,black,white,etc.Compared to the technical qualities of music and the way it is produced,music of that day may sound productively weak. But to the people who were experiencing that sound and change in that music era,nothing could have been better. For me it was the best time of my life,and I am 60 now. I believe that besides the extreme enjoyment of that era of music,the people who were around,participated in some way(dancing,listening,playing,etc),would probably agree that it was one of the happiest times in their lives also. There are memories associated to that music and time,beautiful memories,that cannot be erased.It was a simpler way of life then and people were much more authentic.Who knows where Richies music,Buddie Hollie,etc.,could have taken us.Maybe they would have been as impressionable as Elvis Presley. No matter,whether you were around then or not,if you can relate to the harmonies,the love songs,the soul of the people and their music,in our hearts they will always be alive and never die.(PS. I was a musician for thirty years plus,I was there,I experienced it.I feel I know what Im talking about.) Thank you
  70. Sarah Campbell says:
    If you are into Ritchie Valens and the other people that died with him, this website is the spot.
  71. Veronica says:
    I wanted to know whqat heppened to Ritchies family? His sisters and his brother bob and rosie?
  72. Sergio says:
    Hi, I live couple blocks away from Ritchies Grave, i'm lucky that i can pass often and say hi to him, since he is one of my favorites singer,i'm just 30 yo but his history and short life make me sad when i see his forever rest place.he have a plate w/ a guitar and his pic,then his mama rest w/him and have a pic's of her as well,is sad to know that this young man w/ huge future was gone so early,tragedy and destinity cruel.
  73. Tammy says:
    I was wondering what ever happened to his family, his mother, Bob, Rosie and the baby (Brenda). Thanks for any info!! And is there any place to find pics of them?Tammy
  74. Richard Jones says:
    I was wondering could you pleaes tell me what ever happened to Bob Rosie their daughter and ritchies mom and donna. I think this wbsite is great
  75. Jessica says:
    I was wondering if someone could tell me where I could find pics of ritchies family????
  76. Sally says:
    I wanted to view your site one Ritchie Valens ..It would not open ... maybe you need to up date your page ..Thank you
  77. nick says:
    how tall was ritchie and what was his weight?
  78. nadia says:
    What happen to donna? And does she visit ritchie all the time now that she has her own family? Is she still in contact with ritchie family?
  79. stiles says:
    tell me about donna bob and rosie
  80. christina Wabnitz says:
    I'm actually looking to contact a cousin of the Valenzuela family.Her name is Dede cordova.My father was married to her at one time. I have know Idea how to contact her i need some help.
  81. LARRY STUCKER says:
    I GREW UP IN THAT ERA AND WONDERING ABOUT HIS FAMILY., WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM.
  82. al says:
    to the best of my knowledge the brother died and the mother lived happly ever after in calif. This is all rumor, so take your best shot.
  83. Lesley says:
    whatever happened to ritchie valens family after his death? and also what about donna, where is she now?
  84. Hector Navarrte says:
    What happend to the valens family and is donna married ?
  85. kelley says:
    i lioke to know what happened to ritchie's half brother and sisters
  86. Sophie says:
    Hi i would just like to say i loved the film La Bamba, and Ritchie Valen's is a legend, i would also like to know what happened to his family after his terrible death? Thanks.
  87. ricky says:
    i would like to know what happened to his family mother brother sisters everyone after his death thanks
  88. roxanne avalos says:
    hi, i was wondering if i could recieve information on ritchie valens' family. What happened to his mother, brother,sisters and donna after his death?
  89. Bobby Tucker says:
    I like information about Ritchie and family.
  90. loren binaley says:
    what happened to Bob,Rosie and there kid???????????
  91. Dora Valdez says:
    I'm wondering the same thing. What happened to Bob, Ritchie's brother? Did he ever clean-up his act after the death of Ritchie? What ever happened to Rosie, did she stay with Bob in that abusive relationship?
  92. david mcgill says:
    could you please tell me about donna and bob
  93. Andrea Mireles says:
    What happened to richies mom is she alive and what ablout his brother bob and his daughter.When richie died what happenend to the house and car. Is donna still alive. I love the movie La Bamba since I was a kid I cry every time I see that movie still. I want to know everything someday when I have money I want to go and see richies memorial.
  94. hello my names kelly sherman. i just wanted to say i love this site about ritchie valens. it just flat out rocks man. i love buddy holly to. well thanks guys for what you are doing for him and his memory together we can all keep him alive for ever can i hear an amen? kellysherman

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