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"Donna" by Ritchie Valens
"since she left me, I never been the same"

"Donna" was Ritchie Valens' highest charting single, reaching #2. "La Bamba" was the B side. The song was written to his girlfriend at the time, Donna Ludwig. Valens career was very short, as he died in early 1959 in the plane crash in Iowa that also took the lives of J.P. Richardson and Buddy Holly. There had only been three recordings by Valens released at the time of his death, "Donna / LaBamba" being by far the most successful. Valens is considered a pioneer in Latino rock, influencing later performers such as Los Lobos.

 


 

 

LYRICS:
Oh, Donna Oh, Donna
Oh, Donna Oh, Donna
I had a girl
N Donna was her name
Since she left me
I've never been the same
Cause I love my girl
Donna, oh where can you be?
Where can you be?

Now that you're gone
I'm left all alone
All by myself
To wander and roam
Cause I love my girl
Donna, oh where can you be? - Where can you be?

Well darlin, now that your're gone
I don't know, what I'll do
All the time, and all my love for you-o-o

I had a girl
N Donna was her name
Since she left me
I've never been the same
Cause I love my girl
Donna,oh where can you be?
Where can you be?

Oh, Donna Oh, Donna
Oh, Donna Oh, Donna
Oh, Donna Oh, Donna

week debuted highest ranking Date Highest Rank Weeks in Top Twenty Weeks in Top Forty BillBoard Rank Cashbox Ranking GT rank
1958 12 12 2 1959 2 23 14 16 14 46 27