“La Bamba” is indefinable in English, being a play on words in Spanish. Originating some 300 years ago in Mexico, it was given its current incarnation by Ritchie Valens in 1958.
This version by Los Lobos in 1989 is a better reproduction.
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The music is by Yosef Hadar and the lyrics are by Moshe Dor. It was first recorded in 1957, and rapidly became a folk classic.
This version is by the Messiah College Concert Choir, from their album “True Light” and was arranged by arr. Jack Klebanow
The Kathryn Tickell Band, with the Northern Sinfonia, conducted by John Harle at the BBC PROMS 2011 from the Royal Albert Hall, London.
John Denver Annie’s Song (live)
As beautiful a hymn to the beloved as was ever written.