24. Ritchie Valens

Heritage: Mexican
Hustle: Musician

Ritchie was barely 18 when he died in the horrific plane crash that also claimed the lives of the Big Bopper and Buddy Holly. Ritchie always seemed a little less buttoned-up than Buddy did, the kind of guy you’d expect to be cool enough to turn a Mexican-American folk song into a raucous rock and roll tune.