The Big Bopper

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Jiles Perry "J. P." Richardson, Jr. (October 24, 1930 – February 3, 1959), commonly known as The Big Bopper, was an American musician and songwriter, whose big voice and exuberant personality made him an early rock and roll star. He is best known for his 1958 recording of "Chantilly Lace".

On February 3, 1959 — a day that has become known as "The Day the Music Died" (because so called in Don McLean's 1971 song "American Pie") — Richardson died in a plane crash in Iowa, along with Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and pilot Roger Peterson.

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Year Title Rating Releases
1959 Chantilly Lace 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1998 Hellooo Baby! The Best of the Big Bopper, 1954-1959 Compilation 1
2010 Hello Baby! You Know What I Like! Compilation 1


Year Title Rating Releases
Purple People Eater Meets Witch Doctor / Chantilly Lace 1


Year Title Rating Releases
1959 Chantilly Lace Starring the Big Bopper 1

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