La Bamba

Composer: Traditional

Grateful Dead

info 30 Trips Around The Sun Box Set, 2015

New Riders Of The Purple Sage

info Oh What A Mighty Time, New Riders Of The Purple Sage, 1975
info Live On Stage, New Riders Of The Purple Sage, 1992?
info Relix's Best Of The Early NRPS, New Riders Of The Purple Sage, 1995
info Armadillo World HQ Austin, TX, 6/13/1975, New Riders of the Purple Sage, 2005
info Cactus Juice, The New Riders Of The Purple Sage, 2006


This is not intended to be a comprehensive list of recordings.

no info Single, Richie Valens, 1959
no info Del-Fi Record Hop, Various Artists (Richie Valens), 1959
no info In Concert at Pacoima Jr. High, Ritchie Valens, 1961
no info A Barrel Of Oldies, Various Artists (Richie Valens), 1961
info Limbo Party, Chubby Checker, 1962
no info Treasure Tunes from the Vault (as Advertised on WLS), Various Artists (Richie Valens), 1962
no info Meet the Swagmen, Swagmen, 1962
no info Twist to Radio KRLA, Bob Keene Orchestra, 1962
no info Ritchie Valens Memorial Album, Ritchie Valens, 1963
no info Very Best Of The Oldies, Various Artists (Richie Valens), 1963
info The Original Hootenanny, Various Artists (Bud & Travis), 1963
info Joan Baez in San Francisco, Joan Baez, 1964
info Tobacco Road, Nashville Teens, 1964
no info Astounding 12 string Guitar, Glen Campbell, 1964
no info At The Whisky Go-Go, Johnny Rivers, 1964
no info Ev'rythings Coming Up Dusty, Dusty Springfield, 1965
no info The Ventures A Go-Go, The Ventures, 1965
no info Play Bass [Volume 4], The Ventures, 1965
info Newport Folk Festival 1964: The Evening Concerts, Vol. 1, Various Artists (Jose Feliciano), 1965
no info Golden Hits, Johnny Rivers, 1966
no info The Feel of Neil Diamond, Neil Diamond, 1966
info A Taste of Tequila, The Mariachi Brass featuring Chet Baker, 1966
no info Running Strong, The Ventures, 1966
no info Trini Lopez, 1966
info Disco Teen '66, Various Artists (The Ventures), 1966
no info The Versatile Ventures, The Ventures, 1967
no info Rock Reflections, Crickets, 1971
no info Greatest Folksingers of 60s, Various Artists (Jose Feliciano), 1972
no info Legendary Masters, The Ventures, 1974
info The Greatest Of Folk Rock, Various Artists (Jose Feliciano), 1975
no info The History of Ritchie Valens, Ritchie Valens, 1981
no info The Best of Ritchie Valens, Ritchie Valens, 1981
no info Greatest Hits, Mongo Santamaria, 1983
no info La Bamba Soundtrack, Various Artists (Los Lobos), 1987
no info Los Lobos, 1987
no info Grandes Exitos de el Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, 1987
no info Best Of La Bamba, Various Artists (10 versions of La Bamba), 1988
no info Sones Jaroches, Los Pregoneros del Puerto, 1990
no info Best Of Richie Valens, 1992
info Just Another Band From East LA, Los Lobos, 1993
no info Hippy Hippy Shake - Chan Romero, 1995
no info Return Concert - Live At Trump's Castle, Connie Francis, 1996
info More Sun Splashin'-16 Hot Summer Hits!, Various Artists (Los Lobos), 1997
info Generations of Folk, Vol. 1: Festival of Folk, Various Artists (Jose Feliciano), 1998
info Bikini.Com: More Summer Groovin', Various Artists (Los Lobos), 1999
no info Loud, Fast & Out of Control: The Wild Sounds of the '50s, Various Artists (Richie Valens), 1999
no info Barrel Of Oldies, Various Artists (Richie Valens), 19??
info Mas Y Mas, Los Lobos, 2000
info The Walflower Complextion/When I'm Far from You, The Walflower Complextion, 2000
info The Folk Years: Simple Songs Of Freedom, Various Artists (Trini Lopez), 2002
info 40 Years Of Jukebox Hits, Various Artists (Ritchie Valens), 2002
info Jukebox Hits of the '50s, Various Artists (Ritchie Valens), 2002
info Rockin' Down the Highway, Various Artists (Los Lobos), 2002
info The Folk Years, Various Artists (Trini Lopez), 2003
info 16 Super Hits, Various Artists (los Lobos), 2004
info A Taste of Tequila / Hats Off, The Mariachi Brass featuring Chet Baker, 2006
info 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best of 50s Rock N Roll, Various Artists (Ritchie Valens), 2006
info Dick Clark's American Bandstand: 50th Anniversary, Various Artists (Richie Valens), 2007
info Disconnected In New York, Los Lobos, 2013


Based on a traditional Mexican folk song or wedding song. Often credited to Richie Valens. Should perhaps be Traditional arr. Valens.

Originally released by Richie Valens as the B side of single 'Donna'.

Bob Dylan has said that he based "Like a Rolling Stone" on "La Bamba".

Played a few times by the Grateful Dead in 1987.