Monday, June 11, 2012
La Bamba - Ritchie Valens [cc]
I'm posting this partly because it's a great song. Partly. Mostly I'm posting this because it's interesting that comments for this video were disabled because the column filled up with hate-speech. That's a problem.
It is a great song, isn't it? And an unusual hit, being sung in Spanish, a little like "Sukiaki," or "The Israelites," something out of left field, not the usual AM radio fare for the time, and I can tell you. An American boy though, born in Pacoima, up in the valley by North Hollywood. He died a few months shy of his eighteenth birthday, after a couple of hits. So why all the hating? This now popular anti-immigrant thing, no doubt, misdirected at an American boy, as so often happens.
This song still has worldwide appeal, witness the hit count. Last year at one of our team-building seminars I was asked to sing it on Karaoke night. No one had a clue what it all meant, but it was a request and everybody had fun. Like I say, interesting.