«La Bamba» (pronounced: [la ˈβamba]) is a Mexican folk song, originally from the state of Veracruz, best known from a 1958 adaptation by Ritchie Valens, a top 40hit in the U.S. charts and one of early rock and roll’s best-known songs. Valens’ version of «La Bamba» is ranked number 354 on Rolling Stone magazine′s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and is the only song on the list sung in a language other than English.

The traditional song inspired Ritchie Valens‘ rock and roll version «La Bamba» in 1958. Valens’ «La Bamba» infused the traditional tune with a rock drive, in part provided by session drummer Earl Palmer and session bassist Carol Kaye, making the song accessible to a much wider record audience and earning it (and Valens) a place in rock history (inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2001).

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