La Bamba

Music, ambition, success and tragedy all played their part in the life of young Mexican-American Ricardo Valenzuela, better known as Richie Valens. Raised in a poverty-stricken area in the San Fernando Valley, the talented singer shot to fame at the tender age of 17 and had a string of hits - only to die prematurely in the plane crash that also claimed the life of Buddy Holly.


  • 2010-09-07 23:05:00 - 2010-09-08 00:50:00 on BBC One West Midlands, BBC One West, BBC One Wales, BBC One South West, BBC One South East, BBC One South, BBC One Oxford, BBC One North West, BBC One North East, BBC One Cambridge, BBC One Channel Islands, BBC One East, BBC One East Midlands, BBC One East Yorkshire, BBC One London, BBC One Northern Ireland, BBC One Yorkshire,
  • 2010-09-07 23:55:00 - 2010-09-08 01:40:00 on BBC One Scotland,


  • Producer Taylor Hackford
  • Ritchie Valens Lou Phillips
  • Bob Morales Esai Morales
  • Connie Valenzuela Rosanna DeSoto
  • Rosie Morales Elizabeth Pena
  • Donna Ludwig Danielle von Zerneck
  • Bob Keane Joe Pantoliano
  • Ted Quillin Rick Dees
  • Buddy Holly Marshall Crenshaw
  • Jackie Wilson Howard Huntsberry
  • Eddie Cochran Brian Setzer
  • Curandero Felipe Cantu
  • Big Bopper Stephen Lee
  • Director Luis Valdez
  • Producer Bill Borden