Valens attended San Fernando High School and became a popular recording artist after being discovered in Pacoima.
He was known for a few hits including “La Bamba” and “Come on, Let’s Go”.
Valens was portrayed on the big screen in the 1987 film “La Bamba” directed by Lou Diamond Phillips.
Valens died in 1959 at the age of 17 in a plane crash that also killed Buddy Holly and JP “The Big Bopper” Richardson.
Local leaders say it’s important to pay tribute to him on his 81st birthday.
“As a congressman I get to do some pretty cool things, but naming this post office after Ritchie Valens really gives me chills because this is my home,” said Rep. Tony Cárdenas.
“I want to thank you all for keeping my brother’s memory alive,” said Valens’ brother Mario Ramirez. “We love you very much. God bless you all and let’s keep rocking.”
Officials put a plaque for him on a wall of the post office on Van Nuys Boulevard.
They also unveiled a mural that will be painted at the site next month.
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https://abc7.com/pacoima-ritchie-valens-post-office-renamed/11848015/ Pacoima USPS Post Office renamed after rock ‘n’ roll legend and author of ‘La Bamba’ Ritchie Valens