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The Big Bopper

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Jiles Perry (J.P.) Richardson, Jr. (October 24, 1930 – February 3, 1959), called Jape by friends but commonly known as The Big Bopper, was a disc jockey who parlayed a big voice and exuberant personality into a career as an early rock and roll star. He is best known for his hit song “Chantilly Lace”.

Richardson was born in Sabine Pass, Texas, the oldest son of Jiles Perry, Sr. and Elise (Stalsby) Richardson. His father was an oil field worker and driller. He had two younger brothers, Cecil and James. Within a short time the family moved to Beaumont, Texas. He graduated from Beaumont High School in 1947 and was a member of the “Royal Purple” football team, wearing number “85” as a defensive lineman.

Richardson later studied law at Lamar College, and was a member of the band and chorus. During this time he worked part time at KTRM radio, where in 1949 he was hired full-time and left school. On April 18, 1952, Richardson married Adrianne Joy Fryou from Montegut, Louisiana; in December 1953 their daughter, Debra Joy, was born. Earlier that year Richardson was promoted to Supervisor of Announcers at KTRM. In March 1955 he was drafted into the United States Army. His basic training was at Fort Ord, California after which Richardson spent two years as a radar instructor at Fort Bliss, Texas. Upon his discharge at the rank of Corporal in March 1957, Richardson returned to KTRM radio, where he held down the “Dishwashers’ Serenade” shift from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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  • TallicLizzy

    White Lightning is amazing.

    26 May 10:29pm Reply
  • DZRTsurfer88

    one of the GREAT1s from the Rock 'n Roll Time Machine ~ OhYeah

    8 Feb 2013 Reply
  • evanisreallyok

    JP, Buddy and Ritchie may not have lived very long but their music will live on forever.

    3 Feb 2013 Reply
  • SayonaraKansas

    The fuck is wrong with this shoutbox, why are we talking about the Ramones.

    7 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Interzombie

    HEllo baaaaaaaaaaaaby! :DDD

    30 Jun 2012 Reply
  • FaygoBro420

    >"The Romones? Are they like the Ramones' retarded cousins or something?" >Implying the Ramones weren't retarded.

    8 Feb 2012 Reply
  • peeves111

    53 years ago yesterday. NEVER forgotten R.I.P J.P

    4 Feb 2012 Reply
  • King_Creole_35

    The Romones? Are they like the Ramones' retarded cousins or something?

    30 Aug 2011 Reply
  • artrush

    HEllo baaaaaaaaaaaaby!

    17 Mar 2011 Reply
  • daria12342

    The day the music died ;<

    3 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Kali0str0

    ОФИГЕТЬ! анбиливебл! напор,энергия,голос,яркая гитара-пусть мелодии не идеальны,но это заставляет его слушать еще и еще

    30 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Gotham_Rat

    Отличный был рок-н-ролльщик...

    20 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Manoloxines

    Briiiiiiiiilliant!

    11 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Rapture5212011

    This singer/musician had a very unique voice & sound which made many radio listeners of the 'baby boomer' generation of the 50s & 60s some fond memories. His legacy continues on recordings, radio play & the internet of course. Check out his Biography on www.findagrave.com <click on Famous Grave Search. Rest in PEACE. God bless~!

    4 Sep 2010 Reply
  • pureneasy

    If you like the Big Bopper and rock n roll music you should read the book Not Fade Away by Jim Dodge It's an excellent tale of spirit and music. Rock on Bopper!

    23 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Pryde

    Please vote for Elvis Presley in The American Rock League!!

    19 May 2010 Reply
  • evanisreallyok

    RIP

    4 Feb 2010 Reply
  • nolteCOD

    RIP man :(

    3 Feb 2010 Reply
  • alexbigman

    JP....i miss you man, i wrote a whole song dedicated to you and buddy on my new album...i really hope I did you proud, I put everything into it...you're a legend everything I aspire to be...RIP BIG BOPPER

    23 Jan 2010 Reply
  • PaulFromOz

    how is their such low plays!?

    29 Dec 2009 Reply
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