#168 Ritchie Valens / Joe Brown / Miles Kington – 13 May 1941

Ritchie Valens

Ritchie Valens (born Ricardo Esteban Valenzuela Reyes; May 13, 1941 – February 3, 1959) was a Mexican-American singer, songwriter and guitarist. Valens’ recording career lasted only eight months. During this time, however, he scored several hits, most notably “La Bamba”, which was originally a Mexican folk song that Valens transformed with a rock rhythm and beat that became a hit in 1958. On February 3, 1959, on what has become known as The Day the Music Died, Valens was killed in a small-plane crash in Iowa, a tragedy that also claimed the lives of fellow musicians Buddy Holly and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson. Valens was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

Joe Brown

Photo by Garry Knight

Joe Brown, MBE (born Joseph Roger Brown, 13 May 1941, Swarby, Lincolnshire) is an English entertainer. Brown has worked as a rock and roll singer andguitarist for more than five decades. He was a stage and television performer in the late 1950s and a UK recording star in the early 1960s. He made six films, presented specialist radio series for BBC Radio 2, appeared on the West End stage and has written an autobiography.

Miles Kington

Miles Beresford Kington (13 May 1941 – 30 January 2008) was a British journalist, musician (a double bass player for Instant Sunshine and other groups) and broadcaster.


Also born on this day :
Jody Conradt is a retired women’s basketball coach.
Heinrich Bolleter was the bishop of the United Methodist Church of Central and Southern Europe.
Frank Jarvis was a British character actor.
Jean Daive is a poet and translator.
Vasiliy Danilov is a former Russian and Soviet footballer.
John Kirkham is an English retired professional footballer.
Senta Berger is an Austrian film, stage and television actress, producer and author.
Richard M. Freeland was President of Northeastern University.
Brosl Hasslacher was a theoretical physicist.
Robin T. Cotton is a physician who is well known for his work in pediatric otolaryngology.

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