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Big Bopper

Legendary as one of the three rock greats to die in the tragic 1959 Clear Lake, IA, plane crash that also claimed the lives of Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens, the Big Bopper (born Jiles Perry Richardson) had just established himself as a rock hitmaker with the rollicking "Chantilly Lace." Born in the heart of Texas, Richardson grew up in Beaumont and changed his first name to Jape. He broke into show biz as a DJ over KTRM radio, where he coined the nickname the Big Bopper. He began recording for Mercury in 1957, his animated baritone scaling pop play lists the next year with "Chantilly Lace" -- easily his top seller -- and the equally raucous novelty "Big Bopper's Wedding." Richardson wrote "White Lightning," a huge country hit for George Jones, and Johnny Preston's number-one smash "Running Bear." ~ Bill Dahl, Rovi
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cooky_curly
Always gets me in the best mood love him! He's the best!!
Rip BH/RV/BB
reeggov
Great hit maker. Could of been as big as Elvis
Everyone loves the big bopper. I know I do lets hear it from the Pandora listeners.
He looks likes my cousine rip ritchie valens Big Bopper and boly holy
What a loss to music history we were to get, but he's gone now :o(( There's no one like him.
The Big Bopper rocks!
damn right this guy had soul
The Big Bopper was the first "Rapper" because Chantilly Lace sounds like what they call Rap Music these days,at least it does me. Just my opinion.
baileycolora d o 4 7
<3 him !!
just love the Big Boppers voice and style..he was great and died to young...unfo r t u n a t l y . . . w e miss you ...rest in peace,,we will always play your music.
I remember the big flood that hit our town of Wilbraham, Mass, the Connecticut River overflowed and we were stranded for over a week, and the radio played on, and the Big Bopper's Hit ChantillyLac e played at least every hour as we sat and looked at the rain coming down, listening to our favorites on WHYN. I'd watch my bro and sis bop the living room floor, and being the youngest I could just tap my foot to the music of Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis, Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens singing, Donna. Duri
... still listening to ya
always bring joy every time you listen
bgarten
Such a wasteof talent.
I believe he would definitely have gone a long way w/a successful career.
They have done bio-pics on Buddy and Richie and they need to do one for the
Bopper. I have a feeling that it could be the best of the three.
ron.deaver
They will never be artis like the Big Bopper!
jeremydoran
my friend ashlyn richardson is the granddaughte r of the big bopper.. unfortunatel y she never got to meet him
my favorite.
was there this last weekend at 50th concert and it was great. what a tragedy.
I have the album on vinyl. =p
sassyjan
That was the day the music died!!!
I would love to hear more of the Big Bopper on Pandora! His songs are so much fun, so full of personality, and so scandalous!

(It's sad to hear that his career was so short. If he had had more time, I'm sure he would have been one of the greats.)

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