The Big Bopper  

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The Big Bopper (born Jiles Perry "J. P." Richardson, Jr.; October 24, 1930 – February 3, 1959) was an American musician, songwriter, and disc jockey whose big rockabilly look, style, voice, and exuberant personality made him an early rock and roll star. He is best known for his 1958 recording of "Chantilly Lace".

On February 3, 1959, Richardson died in a plane crash in Clear Lake, Iowa, along with music stars Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens and pilot Roger Peterson. The accident was famously eulogized as "The Day the Music Died" in Don McLean's 1971 song "American Pie".





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