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
System of a Down
The Armenian-American group System of a Down was founded in California in 1994. She has sold over 40 million copies of her albums and was nominated four times for the Gramm Prize. And today, this gang is full of fans around the world. They started with performances in California clubs. During one of the concerts, producer Rick Rubin noticed and immediately took it under the wing. Their songs ‘Sugar’ and ‘Spides’ quickly gained popularity, but the group did not last long, parting in 2006. Four years later, System of a Down reunited again, although it did not regain its former popularity, once again returning to the format of the club group. Continue reading