Back in 1959, singer/songwriter Ritchie Valens just missed hitting No. 1 on the pop charts with "Donna," a song that rose to No. 2 shortly after Valens was killed in a plane crash along with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper.
Now, nearly three decades later, a Valens song has finally reached the top spot, thanks to the promotional power of the current hit movie "La Bamba," which traces Valens' tragically short career.
The song, also titled "La Bamba," originally was released by Valens as the flip side of "Donna" and got only as high as No. 22 on the charts.