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News from The Family
Rolling Stone Magazine Tribute
Happy 80th Birthday Ritchie
Vintage Rock Magazine UK
Post Office re-named Ritchie Valens Post Office!
Ritchie Valens Highway Sign!
Ritchie Valens his Guitars and Music
In Memoriam, Robert Morales
What's up with Mario
There's Music at Three Star Plaza
Ritchie Valens’ Soy Capitan™ Cola

Ritchie Valens’ Soy Capitan™ Cola

C3 Entertainment, Inc. is excited to announce a license with Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shops to produce a Ritchie Valens soft drink called Soy CapitanTM Cola for sale in all Rocket Fizz stores and other select outlets.
In stores now, you can enjoy a bottle of Ritchie Valens’ Soy Capitan™ Cola around the country in 28 states and over 120 locations. The bottle features classic imagery of Ritchie Valens with one of his electric guitars.
According to the Valens family, cola was Ritchie’s favorite soft drink flavor. He could often be found sipping a cola with friends at the popular Southern California diner, Bob’s Big Boy. Read more.

Ritchie Valens’ Soy Capitan™ Cola

For Licensing, Merchandising and Advertising Contact:
Ani Khachoian
Executive Vice President of Licensing, Merchandising and Distribution
C3 Entertainment, Inc.
1415 Gardena Avenue
Glendale, CA 91204
Email - Phone: (818) 956-1337 ext. 215

What's up with The Family
Rolling Stone Magazine Tribute
The Eternal Legacy of Ritchie Valens
Happy 80th Birthday Ritchie

Ritchie, who would’ve celebrated his 80th Birthday!

Happy 80th Birthday Ritchie

Ritchie was born on May 13th,1941, Ritchie’s Legacy has continued through his family. Never in their wildest dreams could they have imagined just what that would mean. In 2001 the family attended Ritchie’s Induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in New York City. In1993 standing on the Santa Monica Pier with Dick Clark, Connie, Ritchie’s sister unveiled Ritchie’s U.S. Postage Stamp, a part of the Rhythm and Blues Collection. Not to mention the bio-pic of Ritchie’s life, La Bamba where the whole family was included, telling their stories, being cast in cameo roles, and attending many premieres including a Hollywood Premiere.

What an inspiration Ritchie has been in the lives of his family and in the lives of countless, fans, and musicians. He wrote and performed many timeless songs, Come On Let’s Go, his first, Donna, and his rocker Oooh My Head, and let’s not leave out “La Bamba” taking a Mexican folk song and making it Rock N’ Roll and one of the most recognized songs in the world, all this in only 8 short months.

Ritchie is a part of our lives everyday, and will continue to be. Ritchie lives on in our hearts and in the hearts of his fans, for this our family is grateful.

Viva Ritchie, Forever Seventeen!

VINTAGE ROCK MAGAZINE UK

Ritchie will be featured on the cover of the April- May Issue with an 8 to10 page spread, commentating Ritchie’s 80th birthday. Julie Burns the writer said that it’s unusual for them to give this kind of coverage, to an artist, she also spoke of Ritchie’s fan base in the UK and how Ritchie’s considered Rock and Roll Royalty.

The family is very pleased, and has been working closely with Julie. Interview’s with Donna, Lou Diamond Phillips, members of Los Lobos and the family. Lots of photos were provided.

This should be a Phenomenal issue!

VINTAGE ROCK MAGAZINE UK
Ritchie Valens Highway Sign!
Richie Valens Memorial Highway

Irma Ritchie's sister and her husband Randy stand proudly in front of Ritchie's sign.The Ritchie Valens Highway is a three mile stretch of the 5 freeway in Southern California.

Again many thanks to Councilwomen Monica Rodriguez and The California DOT.

What's up with Mario
Backyardblues.com.
In Memoriam, Robert Morales aka "La Bamba Bob" March 9, 1937- September 15, 2018
La Bamba Bob
There's Music at Three Star Plaza
Three Star Plaza

The interactive music and short bios for Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper is complete. It was up and available for fans to enjoy the first weekend of August 2017. It is the newest addition to Three Star Plaza.

Imagine our excitement and that of all of the fans that contributed to this project, special thank you the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce and the Surf Ballroom.

Ritchie Valens his Guitars and Music

A book by Ryan Sheeler who grew up not far from Clear Lake and Mason City IA.

Surf Ballroom Winter Dance Party 2018

Ryan studied music at Iowa State, a musican in his own right he explores the musical styles of Ritchie and shares photos and information not currently found elsewhere. Some of the questions he answers, How much of his own guitar work did Ritchie perform on his records? You'll want to add this book to your collection, Ryan shares his passion for Ritchie's music working tirelessly "to get it right". Available on Amazon, halleonard.com and www.ryansheeler.com