Walk of Fame Star to Honor Ritchie Valens

Ritchie Valens, the 1960s singer who died in a plane crash just as his career was blossoming, will be honored May 11 with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Valens, who became a superstar with “La Bamba” and “Oh Donna,” will be the first Latino rock and roll artist to receive a star. The ceremony will be followed by a tribute at the Country Club to benefit the Pacoima Boys and Girls Club in Valens’ hometown.

His life was chronicled in the recent movie, “La Bamba.”