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Here's Where Five Early Rock 'n Rollers Are Buried Around L.A.

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Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 4:00 AM

click to enlarge JIM THURMAN
  • Jim Thurman
During its formative years, rock n' roll was attacked by critics who thought it was the devil's music. We suspect that to not actually be the case, and that those among the genre's pioneers who have passed on are, in fact, jamming with the man upstairs instead.

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In any case, several noteworthy rock n' roll figures of the '50s, '60s and '70s have their final resting places around Los Angeles. Here's where to find five of them:

Ritchie Valens (above)

San Fernando Mission Cemetery, Mission Hills

Pacoima's Richard Valenzuela found brief fame after changing his name to Ritchie Valens. He didn't forget his Mexican heritage though, adapting the folk ballad "La Bamba" into a 1958 crossover rock hit. Valenzuela's future looked bright, until he died in the same Iowa plane crash that took the lives of Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper. Valens was 17. His story was later turned into the biopic La Bamba, and his marker at San Fernando Mission Cemetery, shared with his mother, features his image, a guitar and music from his best known songs.

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