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Jiles Perry (J.P.) Richardson, Jr.
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Jiles Perry (J.P.) Richardson, Jr. (October 24, 1930February 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". Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ... October 24 is the 297th day of the year (298th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 68 days remaining. ... 1930 (MCMXXX) is a common year starting on Wednesday. ... February 3 is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other meanings of DJ, see DJ (disambiguation). ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ...

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Biography

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. Sabine Pass, Texas is a city located in Jefferson County, Texas, 15 miles south of Port Arthur, Texas, on the west bank of Sabine Pass, near the Louisiana border. ... Official language(s) None. ... Flag of Beaumont, Texas Beaumont is a city and county seat of Jefferson County, Texas and is within the Beaumont—Port Arthur metropolitan area. ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ...


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. On April 18, 1952, Richardson married Adrianne Joy Fryou from Montegut, Louisiana, and by 1955 he had joined the United States Army, where he spent two years as a radar instructor at Fort Bliss. Upon his discharge, he began working at KTRM radio, where he held down the "Dishwashers' Serenade" shift from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Lamar University is a four-year university located in Beaumont, Texas, and a member of the Texas State University System. ... April 18 is the 108th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (109th in leap years). ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Montegut is a census-designated place and town located in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces that has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... Fort Bliss is a census-designated place and US Army post located in El Paso County, Texas. ...


One of the station's sponsors wanted Richardson for a new time slot and suggested a gimmick for the show. Richardson noticed all the college kids doing a dance called The Bop, so he decided to become known as "The Big Bopper". He kicked off a new radio show from 3 to 6 p.m., and soon The Big Bopper became the station's program director.


In May of 1957, Jape Richardson broke the record for continuous on-the-air broadcasting by eight minutes. He went a total of five days, two hours and eight minutes, playing 1,821 records and taking showers during five-minute newscasts. During the marathon, he lost 35 pounds (16 kg). KTRM paid Richardson $746.50 for his overtime and he quickly hit the sack for 20 hours. See also: 1956 in music, other events of 1957, 1958 in music, 1950s in music and the list of years in music // Events Pat Boone stars in his first two Hollywood motion pictures: Bernadine and April Love Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Será, Será), from 1956s Alfred Hitchcock...


Musical contributions

Around this time, Richardson -- who played guitar-- started writing more songs. George Jones later recorded Richardson's "White Lightning", which became his first #1 country hit in 1959 (# 73 on the pop charts). Richardson also wrote "Running Bear" for his friend from Port Arthur, Texas, Johnny Preston. Inspiration for the song came from Richardson's childhood memory of the Sabine river, where he heard stories about Indian tribes. Jape sang background on "Running Bear", but it wasn't released until September 1959, after his death. Within several months it went to # 1. A guitar is a stringed musical instrument. ... George Jones George Glenn Jones (born September 12, 1931), nicknamed The Possum, is an American country singer known for his distinctive voice and phrasing that frequently evoke the raw emotions caused by grief, unhappy love, and emotional hardship. ... See also: 1958 in music, other events of 1959, 1960 in music, 1950s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 22 - Buddy Holly records some acoustic demos in his New York City apartment. ... Port Arthur is a town located in Jefferson County within the Beaumont–Port Arthur metropolitan area and is situated in East Texas. ... Johnny Preston (born Johnny Preston Courville on August 18, 1939 in Port Arthur, Texas) is an American singer. ... The tribe of the Sabines (Latin Sabini) was an Italic tribe of ancient Italy. ...


The man who launched Richardson as a recording artist was Harold "Pappy" Dailey from Houston. Dailey was promotion director for Mercury and Starday records and signed Richardson to Mercury. Richardson's first single "Beggar To A King" had a country flavor, but failed to gain any chart action. He soon cut "Chantilly Lace" as "The Big Bopper" for Pappy Dailey's D label. Mercury bought the recording and released it during the summer of 1958. It reached 16 on the pop charts and spent 22 weeks on the national Top 40. It also inspired an answer record by Jayne Mansfield entitled "That Makes It". In "Chantilly Lace", Richardson pretends to have a flirting phone call with his girlfriend; the Mansfield record suggests what his girlfriend might have been saying at the other end of the line. Houston redirects here. ... Mercury Records was a record label founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1945 by Irving Green, Berle Adams and Arthur Talmadge. ... Zork universe Zork games Zork Anthology Zork trilogy Zork I   Zork II   Zork III Beyond Zork   Zork Zero   Planetfall Enchanter trilogy Enchanter   Sorcerer   Spellbreaker Other games Wishbringer   Return to Zork Zork: Nemesis   Zork Grand Inquisitor Zork: The Undiscovered Underground Topics in Zork Encyclopedia Frobozzica Characters   Kings   Creatures Timeline   Magic   Calendar... See also: 1957 in music, other events of 1958, 1959 in music, 1950s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 28 - Little Richard begins attending classes at Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama February 14 - The Iranian government bans rock & roll because they claim that the form... The answer record is, as the name suggests, a record or track released in answer to a previous recording. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...


With the success of "Chantilly Lace," Richardson took some time off from KTRM radio and joined Buddy Holly and The Crickets, Ritchie Valens, and Dion & the Belmonts for a "Winter Dance Party" tour. On February 2, 1959, Buddy Holly chartered a Beechcraft Bonanza to take him and his new Crickets band (Tommy Allsup and Waylon Jennings) to Fargo, North Dakota. Richardson came down with the flu and didn't feel comfortable on the bus, so Waylon gave his plane seat to him. Valens had never flown on a small plane and requested Allsup's seat. They flipped a coin, and Valens called heads and won the toss. Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959), better known as Buddy Holly, was an American singer, songwriter, and a pioneer of Rock and Roll. ... Richard Steven Valenzuela (May 13, 1941 – February 3, 1959), better known as Ritchie Valens, was a pioneer of rock and roll and, as a Mexican-American born in Los Angeles, California, became the first Mexican–American rock and roll star. ... Dion and the Belmonts was a musical group led by singer/songwriter Dion DiMucci. ... February 2 is the 33rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tommy Allsup was the person who luckily lost the toss to Ritchie Valens for a place on Buddy Hollys aeroplane, on The Day the Music Died in 1959. ... Waylon Jennings (June 15, 1937 – February 13, 2002) was a respected and influential American country music singer and guitarist, born in Littlefield, Texas. ... Motto: Nickname: Map Political Statistics Founded 1871 Incorporated Cass County Mayor Bruce Furness Geographic Statistics Area  - Total  - Land  - Water 98. ...


In the early morning of February 3, following a February 2 performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, the small four-passenger Beechcraft Bonanza took off into a blinding snow storm and crashed into Albert Juhl’s corn field several miles after takeoff at 1:05 a.m. The crash killed Holly, Valens, Richardson and pilot Roger Peterson. This event would become known as "The Day the Music Died". February 3 is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... February 2 is the 33rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Clear Lake is a city located in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa. ... Monument at Crash Site, September 16, 2003. ...


At the time of his death, Richardson, 28, left behind his wife Adrianne Joy, four-year-old Debra Joy, and a baby son who was born after his death, Jay P. Richardson. Richardson had been building a recording studio in his home in Beaumont, Texas before that last tour and was also planning to invest in the ownership of a radio station. In addition, he had written twenty new songs with plans to record by himself and with other artists. Richardson was a well-loved figure who was known to care deeply about his family. Flag of Beaumont, Texas Beaumont is a city and county seat of Jefferson County, Texas and is within the Beaumont—Port Arthur metropolitan area. ...

 Jay P. Richardson took up a musical career inspired by his late father, and is known professionally as 'The Big Bopper, Jr." He has performed at venues around the world. Notably he has toured on the "Winter Dance Party" tour with [Buddy Holly]] impersonator John Mueller, on some of the very same stages as his father. 

Tributes

Monument at Crash Site, September 16, 2003
Monument at Crash Site, September 16, 2003

In 1988, Ken Paquette, a Wisconsin fan of the ’50s era, erected a stainless steel monument depicting a steel guitar and a set of three records bearing the names of each of the three performers. It is located on private farmland, about one quarter mile west of the intersection of 315th Street and Gull Avenue, approximately eight miles north of Clear Lake, this is where the plane crash was situated. He also created a similar stainless steel monument to the three musicians near the Riverside Ballroom in Green Bay, Wisconsin. That memorial was unveiled on July 17, 2003. ImageMetadata File history File links HollyMonument. ... ImageMetadata File history File links HollyMonument. ... September 16 is the 259th day of the year (260th in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Green Bay is the county seat of Brown County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. ... July 17 is the 198th day (199th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 167 days remaining. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


J.P. Richardson's pioneering contribution to the genre has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. The Rockabilly Hall of Fame was established on March 21, 1997 to present early rock and roll history and information relative to the artists and personalities involved in this pioneering American music genre. ...


The Big Bopper is fondly remembered not only for his distinctive singing and songwriting, but also as a humorist who combined the best elements of country, R&B and rock'n'roll.


Quotation

  • "Oh, baby, you know what I like!" (from "Chantilly Lace")

Cover versions of songs by The Big Bopper

  • "White Lightning" was released as a single by The Fall in 1990, and is also included on the CD version of their album Shift-work.
  • A 1960 recording by Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent doing a duet of "White Lightning" has also been released.
  • "Running Bear" is often performed by the comedy duo Williams and Ree.
  • Rocket From The Crypt recorded a semi-cover of "Chantilly Lace". "Chantilly Face", which appears on "All Systems Go!" features RFTC singer Speedo, talking over the phone, answering the Big Bopper's questions, and playing guitar over the chorus.

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The Big Bopper - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1081 words)
(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.
Richardson was born in Sabine Pass, Texas, the oldest son of Jiles Perry, Sr.
The Big Bopper is fondly remembered not only for his distinctive singing and songwriting, but also as a humorist who combined the best elements of country, RandB and rock'n'roll.
The Big Bopper (687 words)
The Big Bopper was a rock-and-roll novelty act for a short time in the 1950s, but his legacy has continued to grow since his untimely death on February 3rd, 1959, and what is now often referred to as "the day the music died".
It was here that he coined the name "The Big Bopper", in reference to his 240 pound frame.
Before his death, the Big Bopper had seen a young singer named Johnny Preston perform at the Twilight Club in Port Neches, Texas.
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