Se necesita una poca de gracia...
October 15, 2008 4:33 AM Subscribe
posted by flapjax at midnite (44 comments total)
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It's not so often that a US Top 40 chart hit is a song whose origins can be traced back 300 years, and even less often that such a song would be sung in Spanish. So when Ritchie Valens
went into a studio and recorded La Bamba
50 years ago this month, he carved himself what would become a special place in American pop music history. It was one of those cases of the B side becoming the hit, though: the A side was Oh Donna
, which showcased a sweeter, croonier side of Valens (singing in English), but was a somewhat unremarkable tune on its own. Here's a live recording of La Bamba
by Valens, who, of course, along with rock'n'roll legend Buddy Holly, lost his life in an airplane crash just as his career was blossoming. Almost 30 years after La Bamba
's original release, a version by Valens' natural heirs Los Lobos
became a hit once again. And, admittedly, I didn't make it through the entire clip, but it's perhaps worth noting, for the record, that a Barack Obama-related version
is available for your listening and viewing, er, pleasure?
And by the way, the drummer on La Bamba was session great Earl Palmer, whose recent passing prompted a MeFi post