Bob Morales rocks
Bob Morales, brother of '50s rock legend Ritchie Valens, is still a biker at heart, just as he's portrayed in the movie, "La Bamba." At this week's 20th anniversary screening, he wore a silver-studded black leather jacket and talked about his motorcycles.
He has three.
At 70, he's "still bad," his wife Joanie said.
He was the event's star -- rock star.
Tickets sold out fast at Conexión first-ever Latino Movie Night, held at the Alamo Drafthouse.
Morales didn't mince words in a panel afterward. He was an alcoholic, he said. He was hurt to find out that the man he thought was his father was only his brother's.
And he was jealous of his brother's success.
In less than a year, Ritchie Valens went from ordinary teen to famous entertainer, touring with the likes of Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper. Their deaths were "the day the music died."
Morales still can't watch the movie, not in one sitting. It's just too painful.
"You're watching the movie," Morales told the audience. "I'm watching the real thing. It still gets to me."
Some Gen Xers knew the dialogue by heart. Unfortunately, some had a little too much to drink and what was once funny became obnoxious.
A group from Houston showed their respects by sitting intently through the movie, asking a lot of good questions afterward.
Morales was clearly delighted that so many young people came out to see the movie and remember his brother.
"People like you are keeping his memory alive," he said.
They'll remember him, too, and that "La Bamba" is as much about Bob Morales as it is about Ritchie Valens â€“ and their love