Ritchie Valens Net Worth
Ritchie Valens net worth: Ritchie Valens was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist who had a net worth of $500 thousand. Ritchie Valens was born in Pacoima, California in May 1941 and passed away in February 1959. Valens is credited with being a pioneer of rock and roll music and a father of the Chicago rock movement. His career only lasted eight months before he was involved in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson which is commonly known as "The Day the Music Died". Valens released his self-titled debut studio album in 1959 and his follow up Ritchie the same year. His only other album was In Concert at Pacoima Jr. High which was released posthumously in 1961. Valens' most successful singles were released in 1958. "Donna" reached #2 while his version of "La Bamba" hit #22. Valens started playing the guitar and trumpet at nine and later taught himself how to play drums. He joined the band The Silhouettes at 16. He was signed to Del-Fi Records by owner and president Bob Keane. Valens was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6733 Hollywood Blvd. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. Ritchie Valens passed away on February 3, 1959 at 17 years old.