Today is his birthday – he left a legacy of music in his short life

Richie Valens, musician (May 13, 1941 – Feb. 3, 1959) died too early in his life on a fateful plane crash February 3, 1959 .  His real name was Richard Steven Valenzuela  

This date will be forever called ‘The Day the Music Died.” Three promising musicians lost their lives. Roger Peterson, the pilot, also died in the crash that occurred in a blinding snowstorm in Iowa.

Here are some of Richie Valens most popular songs.




This is the original demo tape recorded at producer Bob Keane studio (between May or July, 1958), with Ritchie´s voice, guitar and drums.



Here is the closing scene in the movie La Bamba.


More Richie Valens

Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) – A novel inspired by the experiences of the Cottingham family who immigrated from the Eastern Shore of Virginia to Bibb County, Alabama

Filled with drama, suspense, humor, and romance, DISCORDANCE continues the family saga from the Tapestry of Love series with the children of Mary Dixon who married Thomas Cottingham.

Inspired by true events and the Cottingham family that resided in 17th century Somerset, Maryland and Delaware, colonial America comes alive with pirate attacks, religious discord, and governmental disagreements in the pre-Revolutionary War days of America.


Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1)

By (author): Donna R Causey

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and

All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble.

She has authored numerous genealogy books.
RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE)
is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2)
is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series)
Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1)
is the continuation of the story. .

For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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