Jiles Perry “J. P. "Richardson Jr., known as The Big Bopper, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and disc racer. His most famous compositions include" Chantilly Lace "and "White Lightning," which later became George Jones' debut hit in 1959. Richardson was killed in a plane crash in Clear Lake, Iowa in 1959, along with other musicians. and Ritchie Valens, and pilot Roger Peterson. The crash was called "Dead Music Day" in the 1971 song "American Pie" by Don McLean.
|Birth name||Jiles Perry Richardson Jr.|
|Also known as||J. P. Richardson|
|Born||October 24, 1930, Sabine Pass, Texas, U.S.|
|Died||February 3, 1959, Clear Lake, Iowa, U.S.|
|Genres||Rock and roll, rockabilly, country|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, radio disc jockey|
|IMDb||The Big Bopper's IMDb|
DJ, singer, and songwriter best known for his hit "Chantilly Lace." He also wrote songs such as "White Lightning" and "Running Bear."
Born Jiles Perry "J.P." Richardson, Jr., he was a defensive lineman for his high school football team.
He married Adrianne Joy Fryon on April 18, 1952. They had two children together, Jay and Debra.
He took the seat on the doomed airplane that was supposed to be for Waylon Jennings.
- Gold Star Records artists
- D Recording artists
- Rock and roll musicians
- Performers of American novelties
- Lamar University Alumni
- Baritones of America
- Victims of aviation crashes or incidents in the United States
- American radio DJ
- Mercury Records artists
- Texas singer
Latest information about The Big Bopper updated on June 14 2021.