The Big Bopper is recognized as one of the original pioneers of Rock n’ Roll.
His music from the 1950’s lives on today and his signature song “Chantilly Lace” went gold and platinum and is one of the earliest hits in Rock n’ Roll history.
The famous disc jockey, songwriter and singer with a big voice and matching personality made a video of “Chantilly Lace” in 1958 and coined the term ‘music video.’
The Big Bopper was an important figure during the formative years of Rock n’ Roll and is well remembered by the generations that grew up listening to his songs and radio show. His talent and foresight still resonate today with audiences as many of the songs he wrote and performed are considered classics.
Jiles Perry “J. P.” Richardson, Jr., the Big Bopper’s real name, wrote “White Lightning” that became the #1 country hit for George Jones in 1959 and in the same year his song “Running Bear” hit the top spot in the charts for Johnny Preston.
The Big Bopper, along with other legendary musicians Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens died in a tragic plane crash on February 3, 1959, during their Winter Dance Party tour; a day referred to as the day the music died.