On drums Dan Phillips. The live recording later became an album.
Poses with her sons and daughters in front of a mural at Pacoima Jr. High, where Ritchie attended school. The mural is still there today. Pacoima Middle School as it is now known, takes a lot of pride in Ritchie Valens being their hometown boy. This picture was taken in 1987.
Performing at Gail Smith Halloween party 1958. Gail later started a Ritchie Valens Memorial Fan Club.
Sandy Stewart, Ritchie Valens, 1959
One of many celebrations. Pictured Concha, Ritchie’s mom, producer Taylor Hackford, writer/director Luis Valdez, his brother Daniel and Taylor’s assistant Andrea.
Picture taken by the Registrar Pajoronian in Watsonville for the Winter Dance Party concert.
Ritchie’s sisters pictured with Bob Keane, Ritchie’s manager. Celebrating Bob’s 50 years of music in Hollywood, CA.
Ritchie’s mom Concha and Roseana DeSoto who portrayed her in La Bamba. The two became close during the filming.
Performing at El Monte Legion Stadium.
Waiting for Mario to perform at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA.
Pacoima Jr. High picture.
Bob Keane, record producer and label owner, discovered Ritchie Valens
San Francisco, CA.
Kato Ballroom, Mankato
January 29 1959
Rocks out to La Bamba with Ritchie impersonator Fernando Vega.
The orchard on Southside Road in Hollister, CA. The early scenes of La Bamba were shot here in the distance. The water tower that was used for the shower scene.
Performing “Someone Watching over me” at the Tribute to Ritchie Valens Winter Dance Party in 2005 at the Henry J. Mello Center in Watsonville.
Walk of Fame
North side of the 6700 block of Hollywood Boulevard.
Connie & her grandkids
Mama & Bob Keane
Connie, Irma, Bob, Mario
Connie, Irma, Mario
Lou starred as Ritchie Valens in the biographical drama film La Bamba
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