CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1994 |
A small park in the heart of a working-class neighborhood here where Richard Valenzuela grew up may soon be renamed to honor the rock 'n' roll legend that the boy became. The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Friday to rename Paxton Park "Ritchie Valens Park," drawing applause from half a dozen of Valens' family members and friends who carried a banner and photo of the teen rock star.
October 21, 1987
Concepcion Valenzuela, 72, mother of the late rock 'n' roll star Richie Valens. Valens, who died in 1959 at age 17 in the same plane crash that killed singers Buddy Holly and J. P. (Big Bopper) Richardson, is the subject of the current hit movie "La Bamba." In Watsonville, Calif., on Sunday of what was described only as a long illness.
August 22, 1999
The 50s: The Coasters Sam Cooke Eddie Cochran Richie Valens * The 60s: The Beach Boys Buffalo Springfield Captain Beefheart The Byrds The Doors Flying Burrito Brothers Frank Zappa * The 70s: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young The Eagles Fleetwood Mac Joni Mitchell Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Steely Dan Van Halen Tom Waits * The 80s Black Flag The Blasters The Go-Go's Guns N' Roses Jane's Addiction Los Lobos N.W.A X * The 90s Beck Rage Against the Machine Red Hot Chili Peppers
November 20, 1987
Adolph Coors Co. is scheduled to begin airing what the company says will be the most costly ad campaign in its history--a $200-million-plus combination of ads for Coors brand and Coors Light beers. The new ad campaign for Coors and Coors Light will feature a series of fast-paced vignettes. Some of the new Coors ads will include film clips of boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, and a spot for Latino television will feature clips of singer Richie Valens. The new slogan for Coors brand will be "The American Original."
August 27, 1990 |
A list of prominent musicians who have died in air crashes: * RICK NELSON--New Year's Eve, 1985, near De Kalb, Tex. * LYNYRD SKYNYRD BAND--Oct. 21, 1977, Lead singer Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Stevie Gaines, near McComb, Miss. * JIM CROCE--Sept. 20, 1973, near Natchitoches, La. * OTIS REDDING--Dec. 10, 1967, along with members of his band, the Bar-Kays, in Wisconsin * PATSY CLINE--March 5, 1963, along with Grand Ole Opry stars Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins, near Camden, Tenn.