Ritchie Valens is now connected to the Tree

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I am pleased to announce that Ritchie Valens (born Richard Valenzuela), the recording artist known for his songs "La Bamba" and "Donna", is now connected to the Tree. Ritchie was killed, along with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper, in the terrible plane crash on February 3, 1959, on what became known as "The Day the Music Died".

He has a lot of early Spanish-Mexican ancestry in Mexico, California, and also some from Arizona and Chile, which has not been fully explored yet.
WikiTree profile: Richard Valens
in The Tree House by Jessica Key G2G6 Pilot (141k points)
edited by Jessica Key

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Is Big Bopper created? I didn't find a profile for him. That would be an idea for the Example Profiles of the Week to feature the three of them.
by Jelena Eckstädt G2G6 Pilot (415k points)
I remember looking into this last year after we watched a Buddy Holly show, and I couldn't find a profile for him then. I double-checked and I'm pretty sure he's not out there.
Buddy Holly is created in the meanwhile, but I didn't find anything about Big Bopper
Sorry - I'm thinking that was misleading. The show we watched was on Buddy Holly, but Richie Valens and the Big Bopper were both prominent in the show. Afterwards, I hunted for all 3 profiles, and did find Buddy Holly's profile, but I couldn't find one for the Big Bopper. I'm thinking after checking again that there's still not one for him now.

Probably should have said it that way to start with, but I always thought that the internet could read my mind, I guess. (scary thought)
Holly, Valens, and the Big Bopper would be great candidates for Profiles of the Week, especially as the anniversary of their deaths is fast approaching.
My words, Jessica :)
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Nice work, Jessica!
by Scott Fulkerson G2G6 Pilot (807k points)
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I did some work on the Big Bopper as well -- seems he's got Cajun ancestry, which is not my forte!
by Jessica Key G2G6 Pilot (141k points)

Big Bopper:

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Richardson-23243

Probably connected through his mother's side. 

Weird things happening on his father's side.

I also added a profile for the Big Bopper Jr. His mother Adrianne Fryou has some deep Cajun roots.

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Richardson-23250

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I have been working on Ritchie's maternal grandparents, but have not taken them back very far.
by Michelle Enke G2G6 Pilot (207k points)

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