Personalities | The Big Bopper | Fifties | Rock

(Disc jockey, singer-songwriter, 1930–59)

Jiles Perry (J.P.) Richardson, a Texan disc jockey, who wrote Johnny Preston’s million-selling 1960 ‘Running Bear’ hit, also adopted the moniker The Big Bopper, a loudmouth novelty act whose big 1958 hit was the lecherous ‘Chantilly Lace’. Probably the least talented of the three stars whose plane came down on a winter tour of the Midwest, he became most famous for dying with Buddy Holly.

Styles & Forms | Fifties | Rock
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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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