A simple American guy Richie Valens (his real name is Richard Esteban Valenzuela Reyes) was born on May 13, 1941 in the city of Pacoima, located in California. When he was three years old, his parents divorced. After this event, for a while, Richie lived with his father, who was a professional guitarist.
Richie learned to play the Spanish guitar from him. This happened when the boy was only six years old. And at the age of nine, although Richie was left-handed, he did a good job with this tool. But in 1951, his father died, and Richie went to live with his mother. It should be said that the Valenzuelan family was large, and Richie took his aunt under his care. This care had a beneficial effect on the future work of Richie, because it was the aunts who introduced him to Mexican folk music. At the same time, he began to get involved in songs in the country style, which sometimes slipped on the radio. Continue reading