The Big Bopper

Chantilly Lace
#42 in 1958


Jiles Perry "J. P." Richardson, Jr., know as The Big Bopper was born in Sabine Pass, Texas, on October 24, 1930. In March 1955, he was drafted into the United States Army and did his basic training at Fort Ord, California. He spent the rest of his two years service as a radar instructor at Fort Bliss, near El Paso, Texas. With the success of "Chantilly Lace", Richardson took time off from KTRM radio and joined Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and Dion and the Belmonts for a "Winter Dance Party" tour. After a concert on February 3, 1959, in Clear Lake Iowa, a charted plane went down killing all aboard.
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