Ritchie Valens – Bio, Age, Net worth, Height, Nationality, Body Measurements, Career

Ritchie Valens was a popular American professional guitarist, singer and songwriter. Ritchie Valens is known for introducing a new genre, Mexican tunes, into mainstream music.

Early Life and Childhood

Ritchie Valens was born Richard Steven Valenzuela May 13, 1941. His birth took place in Pacoima, Los Angeles, California, USA. He was also an American citizen and followed Christianity. Also, his birth sign was Taurus.

Moving on to his family members, he was born to his father, José Esteban Valenzuela, and his mother, Concepción “Concha” Reyes. His parents were from Mexico. He also had two brothers named Roberto Bob Morales and Mario Ramirez. He also had two younger sisters named Connie and Irma. Ritchie grew up listening to traditional Mexican mariachi music. Because he had a keen interest in making music, he was able to play the right-handed version of the guitar despite being left-handed.


Speaking about his educational status, he completed his schooling at Pacoima Junior High School. During school he brought his guitar and sang songs with his friends. After finishing elementary school. He attended San Fernando High School.


Ritchie was kicked out of Mason City after his Clear Lake performance February 3, 1959. Unfortunately, his plane crashed after a few minutes of takeoff. The reasons are still unknown. This crash killed all three passengers and even the pilot. Just aged 18 years oldhe left this world.

working life and career

Ritchie began his career as a guitarist and singer. He often improvised the lyrics and added new riffs to the music he played. He was very famous in his high school and his friends and colleagues called him “little Richard of San Fernando”. Del-Fi Records owner Bob Keane noted his performance at a San Fernando movie theater. Keane invited him to audition at his house as he was impressed with his performance. Keane had a small recording studio in his basement

Ritchie signed the record company deal after his audition on May 27, 1958. Since there were several Richards at the time, he adopted the name “Ritchie” for him. He also shortened his surname from Valenzuela to Valens. Ritchie brought a whole band of musicians into the studio, including Rene Hall, Carol Kaye and Earl Palmer. His first recorded song was “Come on, Let’s Go”. The song was released a few days after recording. His next and last record was entitled “Donna”. It sold a million copies at the time and was even awarded a gold record. In the fall of 1958, he dropped out of high school to pursue his music career.

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Caption: Ritchie performing live (Credit: Los Angeles Daily News Blogs)

net worth

The singer-songwriter and guitarist appreciated net worth of $500,000 at the time of his death. It was a huge amount back then and he earned it at a very young age.

relationship status

Regarding his relationship status, he never marries. During his school days, however, he was in a relationship with his girlfriend Donna Ludwig. He also wrote a hit song called “Donna” for her.

Body Measurements and Social Media

Ritchie improved his physique and was a young, tall, and handsome guy. Speaking of height and weight, that was him 5 feet 7 inches or 1.7 meters tall and weighed about 75 kg or 165 pounds. However, his other physical stats are unavailable. Also, if he looked at his pictures, he had black hair and a pair of gray eyes.

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Caption: Ritchie with his guitar (Source: Whodatedwho)

When it comes to his social media handles, it’s obvious he’s never used them. Unfortunately, he passed away many years ago and there was no social media back then.

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