The Big Bopper

The Big Bopper
1930 - 1959

The Big Bopper  American Singer


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American Singer The Big Bopper was born on 24th October, 1930 in Sabine Pass, Texas and passed away on 3rd Feb 1959 Clear Lake, Iowa, USA aged 28. He is most remembered for Chantilly Lace. His zodiac sign is Scorpio.

The Big Bopper is a member of the following lists: American rock singers, American male singers and 1930 births.


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First Name The
Middle Name Big
Last Name Bopper
Alternative Name Jiles Perry Richardson Jr., Jape Richardson, J. P. Richardson
Age 28 (age at death) years
Birthday 24th October, 1930
Birthplace Sabine Pass, Texas
Died 3rd February, 1959
Place of Death Clear Lake, Iowa, USA
Buried Forest Lawn Memorial Park and Funeral Home, Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas, USA
Zodiac Sign Scorpio
Sexuality Straight
Ethnicity White
Nationality American
Occupation Text Musician, songwriter
Occupation Singer
Claim to Fame Chantilly Lace
Music Genre (Text) Rock and roll, Rockabilly, Country
Music Genre Pop/Rock
Year(s) Active 1954–1959, 1954–59
Music Style Rock & Roll
Music Mood Exuberant, Amiable/Good-Natured, Cheerful, Happy, Carefree, Rowdy, Freewheeling, Rambunctious, Rollicking, Boisterous
Instrument Vocals
Instrument (text) Vocals, Guitar
Record Label Mercury Records

Jiles Perry "J. P." Richardson Jr. (October 24, 1930 – February 3, 1959), known as The Big Bopper, was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and disc jockey. His best known compositions include "Chantilly Lace" and "White Lightning", the latter of which became George Jones' first number-one hit in 1959. Richardson was killed in a plane crash in Clear Lake, Iowa in 1959, along with fellow musicians Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens, and the pilot Roger Peterson. The accident was famously referred to as "The Day the Music Died" in Don McLean's 1971 song "American Pie".

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