The music legend - who happens to be from the San Fernando Valley - continues to be honored in his city. Ritch Valens, of course!
Born and raised in the city of Pacoima, the rock' n' roll legend has a local post office being named after his, approved by the House of Representatives. According to ABC7 news, the bill will designated the post office at 13507 Van Nuys Blvd. as the "Ritchie Valens Post Office Building.'' ABC7 adds that the bill, which was introduced by Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Panorama City) will now go to the Senate for consideration.
The "La Bamba" singer attended San Fernando High School and became a hit recording artist after being discovered in 1958 at the American Legion hall in Pacoima. There's a little L.A. history for you! His records have sold more than a million copies.
Sadly, the singer tragically died at the age of 17 on Feb. 3, 1959, in a plane crash that also took the lives of Buddy Holly and J.P. "The Big Bopper'' Richardson.
ABC 7 adds that Rep. Cardenas says: "Ritchie Valens continues to inspire generations of musicians and is an example of how even when it seems like there is no path to your dream, you make your own way and build your own path. Ritchie Valens is an example of the talent that exists in our community and his legacy is a source of pride for our Pacoima community.'
See ABC7's reporting below:
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