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This is the only site authorized and developed by Ritchie's family, Connie, Irma and Mario. Take your time, there is a lot of great photos and memories we want to share with you. We hope you will enjoy your visit with us and come back often.

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News from The Family
Ritchie's New Stamp
Ritchie Valens Dance Party 2020
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
Winter Dance Party 2020

 Winter Dance Party 2020 The Family is looking forward to attending next years Winter Dance Party, we are happy to see some of our favorites returning next year especially "Big Sandy and The Fly-Rite Boys, along with Albert Lee and many others, we are also looking forward to meeting the new comers and of course our Winter Dance Party Family.
We're excited to be hosting our 3rd annual Ritchie Valens Family Luncheon, Saturday February 1, 2020 at the Diamond Ballroom - Best Western Holiday Lodge, Robby Vee and his Rock-N-Roll Caravan with be providing the music this year, so bring your dancing shoes. The Tickets will be available November 26, 2019 online at surfballroom.com and remember our Luncheon is a separate event so you dont have to hold a WDP ticket to attend. DOOR'S OPEN AT 10:30 AM.

Ritchie Valens Highway Sign!
Surf Ballroom Winter Dance Party 2018

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.

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

Ritchie Valens New Stamps

We are pleased to introduce Ritchie's new stamps. Ritchie Valens 2019 Stamp  
Ritchie Valens 2019 Stamp Press Release License Global

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.