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This is the only site authorized and developed by Ritchies family, Bob, Connie, Irma and Mario. Take your time, there is a lot of great photos and memories we want to share with you. We hope you will enjoy your visit with us and come back often.

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Articles of the Month
News from The Family
Winter Dance Party 2016
Ritchie Valens Memorabilia Items On Loan
Help Us Bring The Music
Donna Ritchie's Girl
News from Mario
New 2016 T-shirt


Original Ritchie, the Ritchie Valens Store, opened May of 2006. Please click on to Original Ritchie for a visit.
PayPal Logo We have made some changes to Original Ritchie the Ritchie Valens store, Paypal has been added for convenient and secure shopping.
Available is the best in Ritchie Valens music on CD . We have temporarily removed our apparel line, we are hoping to present a new line this spring. Thanks go out to Ritchie's fans.

2016 Ritchie Valens T-Shirt
Introducing our new 2016 T-Shirt, this is one of our favorite designs, the turquoise on black make for a dramatic presentation and the black and white photo of a young Ritchie Valens makes it very personal.  

Ritchie Valens Forever 17 T-shirt
Just click below to order The 2016 T-shirt on Original Ritchie the Ritchie Valens Store.

Donna's Scrapbook live.
The Ritchie Valens Family gratefully acknowledges Donna's contributions to this page. All information and photo's authorized by Donna Fox. All photo's used with permission, Donna Fox, Alan Clark (Alan Clark Archives), Judy Willis and Michelle Hoover ( also we would like to acknowledge Pascale our webmaster here at Ritchie for her effort and dedication to our site.

Winter Dance Party 2016
Bob, Connie, Irma and Mario are all pleased to be attending this years Winter Dance Party, coming along are spouses, In-laws, an adult child and friend. It's the family reunion you want to go to, a Rock N' Roll Reunion. The all star line-up this year affords the family time to visit with old friends like John Mueller's Winter Dance Party which includes John performing as Buddy Holly, Ray Anthony, as Ritchie Valens and Linnwood Sasser as The Big Bopper, Jason D. Williams, who does a phenomenal Jerry Lee Lewis, The Nelson Brothers. The Vees and our very special friend Tommy Allsup who has already contacted Mario he told him to grab his harmonicas and get ready to play. For a full schedule of the Artist and schedule of weekend events please visit Winter Dance Party 2016. We hope to see you there!

HelpUs Bring The Music
Imagine walking unto Three Star Plaza and being able to select from the interactive podium, your favorite Ritchie Valens, Big Bopper or Buddy Holly song. Please help with with your donation to bring the music to Three Star Plaza, no amount to large or small... We are still several thousand dollars from our goal. Birthday Bash You still have the opportunity to partner with us. The Surf Ballroom is providing an area on their website under link " Get Involved", please earmark your checks made payable to the Surf Ballroom, Three Star Plaza. We believe that bringing the music will enhance the visitors experience to an already beautiful memorial to Three Great Artists, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper & Buddy Holly. Thanks for your support.



News from Mario:

Mario and the Backyard Blues Band have a new CD. They have recorded Ritchie's "That's my Little Susie" along with new Backyard originals. For more info on the new CD & performance schedule go to

Ritchie Valens Memorabilia Items On Loan
Most fans don't know that many of Ritchie's personal belonging were taken from our Mothers home right after Ritchie's death, some of those items have been sold at auction, and others are held captive. Fortunately the family has recovered a few items, through the generosity of those who had them, once they discovered their true origin.

We are proud to announce that most of these items are housed in Museums across the country. At The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles you can visit Ritchie's Harmony Guitar the one he painted green in wood-shop at San Fernando High, along with other items.The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland Ohio, has Ritchie's performance outfit the Blue Satin Shirt Rhinestone Studded Pant and Vest and Roller Skates. The Surf Ballroom and Museum in Clear Lake Iowa has the Bow Tie Ritchie wore in his first professional portrait, the Wallet that he was carrying at the time of the crash, along with family photos. We hope that in your travels you will stop and visit these famous sites.