- NAME: J.P. Richardson
- OCCUPATION: Songwriter, Singer
- BIRTH DATE: October 24, 1930
- DEATH DATE: February 03, 1959
- EDUCATION: Lamar State College of Technology
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Sabine Pass, Texas
- PLACE OF DEATH: Clear Lake, Iowa
- Nickname: The Big Bopper
- Full Name: Jiles Perry Richardson Jr.
- AKA: J.P. Richardson
- AKA: Jiles Perry Richardson
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Known as "The Big Bopper," J.P. Richardson had a rock hit with 1958's "Chantilly Lace." He died soon after, in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens.
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His friend Johnny Preston landed on the top of the country charts with "Running Bear" as did George Jones with "White Lightning."
Over the years, Richardson has become better remembered for his tragic death than for his all-too-brief career. Still "Chantilly Lace" remains a popular early rock song, which is a favorite among movie soundtracks. It can be heard in such films as American Graffiti and Happy Feet.
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