UPDATE: Iowa Police discovered the missing photo frames on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2019. The suspects are still at large and are under investigation.
Three, large-framed (4 ft. high) poster-sized family photos of Ritchie Valens went missing from the Ritchie Valens Family Luncheon held in the ballroom of the Best Western Motor Lodge in Clear Lake, IA, on Saturday, Feb. 2.
The framed images are precious heirlooms belonging to Valens family members. The luncheon was part of a larger celebration, The Winter Dance Party, held at the Surf Ballroom, celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Day the Music Died. The missing pieces may be returned to the Surf Ballroom or the Clear Lake police station. No questions asked. For more information, call Randy Norton, 831-566-4528 or the Clear Lake Police Station 641-357-2186 at any time. Anyone observing the offer of any of these three items for sale is urged to use the contact information provided immediately.
“This has been an overwhelming loss for the family,” said Connie Valens, Ritchie’s sister. “We hope that whoever is responsible does the right thing and return the photos and poster.” The family would also like to ask Ritchie’s fans to pray and to thank them for their love, encouragement, and support.
About Ritchie Valens:
Rock ‘n’ Roll legend, Ritchie Valens made history as rock music’s first Latino star with popular songs such as “La Bamba” and “Donna.” Credited with being the forefather of the Chicano rock movement, Valens was one of the original pioneers of Rock ’n’ Roll. Since his untimely death at the age of 17, along with Buddy Holly, and “The Big Bopper” in a tragic plane crash, 60 years ago this week, his music has gained in popularity and influenced generations of musicians. Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana are both cited as influenced by Valen’s guitar playing. Artists from Led Zeppelin to Los Lobos have recorded his music.
“Ritchie Valens is a legendary artist that still resonates today,” said Ani Khachoian, Executive Vice President of Licensing & Consumer Products at C3 Entertainment. “We are honored to add this classic brand to the C3 roster and explore new opportunities to share Valens’ legacy with his loyal audience as well as a new generation of fans.”
C3 Entertainment is the exclusive manager of the Ritchie Valens brand, including all licensing and distribution.