BA BA La Bamba is Puttin On The Ritz

TheRitzLaBambaPostFred Astaire born Fredrick Austerlitz May 10th, 1899 in Omaha, Nebraska. He was an American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and television presenter. His stage, film and television career spanned over 76 years. He will forever be remembered for his sense of rhythm with his on-screen love interest Ginger Rogers. Astaire and Rogers made nine films together including The Gay Divorcee, Follow the Fleet and Shall We Dance. Six out of the nine Astaire and Rogers musicals became the biggest money makers of RKO. Gene Kelly was quoted as saying that “the history of dance on film begins with Astaire” and later he said that “Astaire was the only one of today’s dancers who will be remembered. Katherine Hepburn was reported saying that “Astaire gives Rogers class and Rogers gives Astaire sex appeal.” Fred Astaire was ranked by the American Film Institute as the fifth greatest male star of Classic Hollywood cinema in 100 Years… 100 Stars.

In 1946 Fred Astaire starred in an American musical comedy, called Blue Skies.  Based on a story by Irving Berlin, the film is about a dancer who loves a showgirl who loves a compulsive nightclub-opener who can’t stay committed to anything in life for very long. Produced by Sol C. Siegel, Blue Skies was filmed in Technicolor and released by Paramount Pictures. The music, lyrics, and story were written by Irving Berlin, with most of the songs recycled from earlier works. One of the songs famously known as “Puttin On the Ritz is the inspiration of one of our most popular and most delicious cupcakes called “The Ritz”Fred-Astaire

The Ritz- Inspired by Fred Astaire This chocolate mint cupcake is both classy and flashy with its glittered appearance and fantastic taste. It will make you feel like you are “Puttin On the Ritz”!
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Our next Birthday Celebration is Ritchie Valenz is famously known for the song La Bamba and Donna. Ritchie Valenz born Richard Steven Valenzuela May 13th, 1941 in Pacoima, CA. He was a singer, songwriter and guitarist. Ritchie had a very short career, but nevertheless he made it a great one. He adapted a Mexican folk song and transformed it into one of the most popular rock and roll songs in the 1950’s. “La Bamba” became an instant hit in 1958 and making Valenz a pioneer of the Spanish-speaking rock and roll movement.

Ritchie was of Mexican decent and the second of five siblings. Ritchie was brought up listening to traditional Mexican mariachi music, as well as flamenco guitar, R&B and blues, where he grew up in a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley. Not far from we are now. At age five he was encouraged by his father to take up guitar and trumpet. He later taught himself the drums.

In the fall of 1958, Valenz quit high school to concentrate on his career. His manager booked appearances at venues across the States. Valenz was afraid to fly due to a freak accident at his Jr. High School in January 1957 where two planes collided over the playground, killing or injuring several of his friends. Valenz was at his grandfather’s funeral that day. RitchieVbotton

February 3rd, 1959 will forever be known as the “Day the Music Died” lyrics in a hit song from 1971 Called “American Pie”. Three people boarded a small Beechcraft Bonanza chartered by Buddy Holly. Shortly after takeoff the plane crashed, reason unknown to this day. Killing Buddy Holly, J.P Richardson and Ritchie Valenz. He was only 17 years old.

In honor of Ritchie Valenz we have created a cupcake inspired by “La Bamba.” Let me warn you, this is an adult cupcake. This Margarita/tequila cupcake is glazed with a tequila icing frosted with a salted buttercream and garnished with a maraschino cherry. This cupcake is definitely one of a kind. LaBamba