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La Bamba

 
 
Reply Wed 12 Oct, 2005 10:28 am
Why is it that if Ritchie Valens recorded La Bamba and made it famous in popular culture, Los Lobos is always the one who you hear singing it now?

Did he not really record it first?
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Wed 12 Oct, 2005 10:48 am
He recorded it it, then Los Lobos did it for the film about Richie's life.
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Bella Dea
 
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Reply Wed 12 Oct, 2005 10:49 am
Why didn't they use Ritchies version?
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Wed 12 Oct, 2005 11:29 am
I wondered the same thing.
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Foxy1983
 
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Reply Wed 12 Oct, 2005 11:32 am
I like the Gipsy Kings version..... Very Happy
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sublime1
 
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Reply Wed 12 Oct, 2005 11:35 am
Foxy1983 wrote:
I like the Gipsy Kings version..... Very Happy


Never heard their version, but can imagine that its great.
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Chai
 
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Reply Wed 12 Oct, 2005 11:36 am
I thought LaBamba was an old folksong, long before Richie V....

I remember watching a movie, where Lou Diamond Philips played Ritchie, and that where he first got the song.....

But, what do I know?

OMG! What am I doing on a music thread!

Ok, ok, deeeeeep breathes......
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Wed 12 Oct, 2005 11:47 am
La Bamba is a Mexican folk song. Richie Valens reinterpreted it for his record. The original was for dancing.
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panzade
 
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Reply Wed 12 Oct, 2005 11:50 am
Los Lobos did some great songs on the soundtrack.Goodnight My Love stands out.
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Wed 12 Oct, 2005 11:51 am
exactly.


AND- i think that the reason you hear the version from the movie more often then not, is simply because the license to that song is owned by the radio stations and not the Richie Valens ' version..
make sense?

> shuts door so Chai cant escape<
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sozobe
 
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Reply Wed 12 Oct, 2005 12:36 pm
I seem to remember that in the movie there were two versions by Los Lobos -- they recorded the version that Lou-as-Richie sang, meant to be a near-copy, and then their own version played over the credits.

I think they didn't use Richie's own recording in the movie just because of sound quality (or lack thereof).

Dunno if I'm right about that (two versions by Los Lobos in the movie), and if so, not sure which one you're hearing.
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sozobe
 
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Reply Wed 12 Oct, 2005 12:49 pm
Here's something about the copy:

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Los Lobos' version of the title song - virtually a note-for-note copy of Ritchie's - went to #1 on the pop music charts in 1987, its highest position ever.


http://www.rockabillyhall.com/RitchieValens1.html

Haven't found anything about the credit version I seem to remember, though.
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