La Bamba (1987) is a drama written and directed by Luis Valdez about Ritchie Valens (Lou Diamond Phillips), a Mexican-American teenager who was signed by Bob Keane (Joe Pantoliano) to Del-Fi Records and had three major rock hits: “C’mon Let’s Go,” “Donna,” and “La Bamba” before dying in a plane crash at age 17 with J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and Buddy Holly on February 3, 1959, “The Day the Music Died.”
Don’t let your friends hold you back.
Bob Keane: “… and then when you’re ready we’ll record a little, ok?”
Ritchie: “What, you mean today? What about my band?”
Bob Keane: “Frankly Richie, I can’t use any of them. Is that a problem?”
Ritchie: “Yeah. They’re my buddies. Thank you. Excuse me.”
Bob Keane: “Wait, wait, Richie. Wait a minute man. Look, I understand about friendship, but I’m being honest here. Not everybody in this world gets a shot at the brass ring. You’re going to have to ask yourself what’s more important: your friends, or your music.”
Ritchie: “My family.”