The Big Bopper

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The Big Bopper
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Background information
Birth nameJiles Perry Richardson, Jr.
Born(1930-10-24)October 24, 1930
Sabine Pass, Texas U.S.
DiedFebruary 3, 1959(1959-02-03) (aged 28)
Grant Township, Iowa, U.S.
GenresRock and roll, rockabilly, country
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1954–59
LabelsMercury Records

Jiles Perry "J. P." Richardson, Jr. (October 24, 1930 – February 3, 1959) also commonly known as The Big Bopper, was an American disc jockey, singer, and songwriter whose big voice and exuberant personality made him an early rock and roll star.[1] He is best known for his recording of "Chantilly Lace".[2]

The Big Bopper died in the same plane crash that killed Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens.[3]

Sources[change | change source]

  1. "Bopper and Me". www.bopperandme.co.uk.
  2. "Show 14 - Big Rock Candy Mountain: Rock 'n' roll in the late fifties".
  3. "The day the music died". www.bopperandme.co.uk.