The guitarist is revered for his work with the 1950s rock 'n' roll hero, after Buddy split with the original Crickets.
One of the happy moments in Ritchie's all-too-brief career came on 29 December 1958, when he entered the Billboard Hot 100 with the classic 'La Bamba.'
The Crickets' final UK chart appearance was a nod to the late Ritchie Valens, and featured A-list contributors James Burton and Leon Russell.
George's US pop chart debut was with a song written by the ill-starred Big Bopper.
What came to be known as 'The day the music died' was an infamous day in rock’n’roll history when Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and JP (The Big Bopper) Richardson died in a...