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The Big Bopper
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Birth name Jiles Perry Richardson, Jr.
Born (1930-10-24)October 24, 1930
Sabine Pass, Texas U.S.
Died February 3, 1959(1959-02-03) (aged 28)
Grant Township, Iowa, U.S.
Genres Rock and roll, rockabilly, country
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1954–59
Labels Mercury Records

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

The Big Bopper died in the same plane crash that killed Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens.

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