Cover vs. Original

La Bamba


"La Bamba" is a traditional song created in the Mexican state of Veracruz over 300 years ago. The traditional song inspired Ritchie Valens' rock and roll version "La Bamba" in the 1950s. Valens' "La Bamba" infused the traditional tune with a rock beat, making the song accessible to the population of the United States and earning it (and Valens) a place in rock history. The song features simple verse-chorus form. Valens himself did not speak Spanish natively. Valens' version of La Bamba is ranked number 345 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It is the only song on the list not sung in English.

The Los Lobos version of the song, released in as part of the soundtrack of the 1987 movie La Bamba about Valens' life, concludes with the traditional ever-faster instrumentation, instead of the "bamba-bamba, bamba-bamba..." fadeout of Valens' version. The single went to No. 1 on the Billboard charts. Tom Miller collected over 80 versions of La Bamba for his Rhino Records compilation The Best of La Bamba.

- Stewart Gissin, Gooding, Idaho, United States, 17.11.2007


Los Lobos
1987

vs.

Richie Valens
1959

CD-Cover: Los Lobos - La Bamba: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 37.8 % 62.2 % CD-Cover: Richie Valens - La Bamba and Other Hits
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
Click on the cover for listening Click on the cover for listening
Los Lobos 1032 Votes Richie Valens

Comments about La Bamba:

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actually both are great, but the Los lobos version is the one that i heard first and swayed to in the early 90s so... excusi Senor Valens
- George Thomas, Salmiah, Other, 29.12.2010
AINDA NÃO TIVE A OPORTUNIDADE DE OUVIR RITCHIE VALLENS ORIGINAL, MAS GOSTEI MUITO DE LOS LOBOS!
- TONYS MAGNO, CARAUARI, Brazil, 14.10.2010
A mi me parece que Ritchie Valens la canto
en su estilo, unico :D & me gusta mucho

Claro que tambien Los Lobos la interpretan muy bien
pero mi voto es por el 1er exponente que la canto
en Rock & Roll y le puso un toque especial
RITCHIE VALENS
- Christina, Monterrey, Mexico, 27.09.2010
For me, the best version of “La Bamba” song, is sang by the all time best Spaniard singer RAPHAEL (Raphael Martos)
- Alon, Los Angeles, United States, 15.12.2009
HAY USTEDES ME LA CHUPAN PARRA ARIBA Y ABAJO SON UNOS PENDEJOS PUTOS MAMONEROS
- CHUPOPITOS, H-TOWN , United States, 19.10.2009
omg los labos is better looking and better singer and ater SORRY !!
- KARINA, RIVERSIDE, United States, 01.04.2009
esta mejor la de los lobos porque le pone mas sabor a la musica, y son geniales
- NIKO, PARRAL CHIH, Mexico, 28.01.2009
ME ENCANTA LA BAMBA ESPECIALMENTE BAILARLA CON MI AMOR CYNTHIA QUE LA AMO MUCHISIIISIMO. SOY MIEMBRO DEL CLUB DE FANS DE RICHIE VALENS, ES MI IDOLO.
- LUIS CAJALEON SANCHEZ, CHICLAYO, Peru, 19.01.2009
Both versions are great, but Valens' is better. He had some of the best musicians in the business backing him on this cut. I believe the legendary Earl Palmer is doing percussion on the Valens version.
- Doug, new Hampshire, United States, 18.12.2008
me gusta mas Richie xk desde que la oi me gusto y aparte el es el original y no una copia barata y arriba el america
- alex, yuma, United States, 19.10.2008
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