Tag: Ritchie Valens

On This Day in ’59, the Music Died

By Jessica Wheeler, AliveTampaBay Columnist
Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper were killed when their chartered plane crashed.
Photo of Buddy Holly courtesy Wikimedia Commons


Hey, Baby, Won’t You Take a Chance? The Latino Roots Of Rock And Roll

By Jessica Wheeler, Music Columnist

When it began in the 1950s, rock and roll could pretty much be separated into two categories: African-American R&B artists and the white rockabilly acts who revered them. As the genre grew through the 1960s, this dichotomy of black and white seemed to more or less hold up—but what about the artists who didn’t fit into one of those categories?

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