The Big Bopper

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Birthday
24, 1930
Birthplace
Sabine Pass, TX
Death Date
Feb 3, 1959 (28)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
24, 1930
Birthplace
Sabine Pass, TX
Death Date
Feb 3, 1959 (28)

About

DJ, singer, and songwriter best known for his hit "Chantilly Lace." He also wrote songs such as "White Lightning" and "Running Bear."

Before Fame

Born Jiles Perry "J.P." Richardson, Jr., he was a defensive lineman for his high school football team.

Trivia

He died in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens.

Family Life

He married Adrianne Joy Fryon on April 18, 1952. They had two children together, Jay and Debra. 

Associated With

He took the seat on the doomed airplane that was supposed to be for Waylon Jennings.

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