From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
La Bamba

La Bamba


by Ritchie Valens

Video & Audio

"La Bamba" by Ritchie Valens

Recorded at Gold Star Studio in Los Angeles

"La Bamba" by Los Lobos

Notice the accelerated rhythm at the end of the song typical of traditional renditions

"La Bamba"—Traditional

Performed by Mariachi Vargas De Tecalitlan

"La Bamba" from The Lost Tapes

Recording Ritchie Valens' greatest hit

Latin Music USA

The PBS documentary that explores the place of Latino music in twentieth-century America can be watched here.

Little Joe, "Las Nubes"

Little Joe on "Las Nubes" and the Chicano Movement

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...