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“Donna” is a classic rock and roll song by American musician Ritchie Valens. It was released in 1958 as a single and later appeared on his debut self-titled album, “Ritchie Valens.” The song is a heartfelt and enduring tribute to Ritchie Valens’ high school sweetheart, Donna Ludwig.

Key Details:

  • Artist: Ritchie Valens
  • Release Date: November 1958
  • Genre: Rock and Roll, Chicano rock
  • Album: Ritchie Valens (self-titled)
  • Label: Del-Fi Records

Lyrically, “Donna” is a simple yet affectionate love song. Ritchie Valens expresses his love and devotion to Donna throughout the song. The lyrics convey a sense of young love, innocence, and sincerity. Some of the most memorable lines in the song include: “Oh, Donna, oh, Donna Oh, Donna, oh, Donna I had a girl, Donna was her name Since she left me, I’ve never been the same ‘Cause I love my girl”

The song is known for its catchy melody, with Valens’ distinctive blend of rock and Latin influences. Ritchie Valens was a pioneer in the Chicano rock and roll scene, combining traditional Mexican music with the emerging rock and roll sound. His unique style and guitar skills made him a notable figure in the rock and roll landscape during the late 1950s.

“Donna” was one of Ritchie Valens’ most popular and enduring songs. It became a hit shortly after its release, reaching number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song’s success helped solidify Ritchie Valens’ position as a rising star in the music industry.

Tragically, Ritchie Valens’ career was cut short when he, along with Buddy Holly and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, died in a plane crash on February 3, 1959, often referred to as “The Day the Music Died.” Despite his untimely death, his music, including “Donna,” continues to be celebrated and remembered for its influence on the rock and roll genre.

“Donna” remains a classic in the world of rock and roll and a touching tribute to the young love of Ritchie Valens’ life. It continues to be played and cherished by music enthusiasts around the world, reminding us of the timeless power of simple, heartfelt love songs.

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Lyrics

“Donna”

Oh, Donna
Oh, Donna
Oh, Donna
Oh, DonnaI had a girl
Donna was her name
Since she left me
I’ve never been the same’Cause I love my girl
Donna, where can you be?
Where can you be?

Now that you’re gone
I’m left all alone
All by myself
To wander and roam

‘Cause I love my girl
Donna, where can you be?
Where can you be?

Oh, darlin’, now that you’re gone
I don’t know what I’ll do
All the time and all my love
For you

I had a girl
Donna was her name
Since she left me
I’ve never been the same

‘Cause I love my girl
Donna, where can you be?
Where can you be?

Oh, Donna
Oh, Donna
Oh, Donna
Oh, Donna

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