Esai Morales coincidentally has the same last name as the real person he portrays, Bob Morales.
I've had one sip of beer and I have to admit it taste like piss to me. Want it?
Ritchie Valens: Yeah.
Ritchie Valens: What's your problem man?
Bob Morales: Old Steve. He always said you'd be somebody and I bought it, too. If that's the way Steve wanted it that's the way it was going to be. Even ...
At the Pizza Party featuring a personal appearance by Ritchie, Bob Keane is handing out copies of Ritchie's first album. This is erroneous on two accounts: (1) The album wasn't released until March 1959 (one month after Ritchie's death), and (2) as the actual album features "Donna" and "La Bamba", Ritchie had not yet recorded either song, nor had he even written "Donna" yet, at that point in the movie.
Caption starting off the music credits: "We greatfully acknowledge the help and support of the Valenzuela family".
When the movie was originally released, the second half of the end credits detailing all the musical numbers, was originally shown in silence. On the DVD version as well as all broadcasts since the DVD release, the music credits scroll with "Come On Let's Go" playing in the background.
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