Big Bopper

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  • Big Bopper - Oh Baby That’s What I Like! (CD)


    The Big Bopper famously perished in the same plane crash as Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens – ’The Day The Music Died’.

    This compilation features every known Big Bopper track including two earlier singles issued under his real name, ’Jape Richardson’ – plus a number of related bonus tracks including ’Running Bear’ and ’White Lightning’.

    The 1958 million seller ’Chantilly Lace’ which is one of R&R’s acknowledged benchmark tracks is also included along with both Eddie Cochran’s and Ruby Wright’s versions of the infamous tribute ’Three Stars’.

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  • Big Bopper - Crazy Blues / White Lightning (7 single/EP)

    J. P. Richardson went down in history for two reasons, one musical and one obituary. The musical is reduced to a single song, Chantilly Lace, recorded in 1958 in the Gold Star Studios   backed by the cream of Starday Records, including founder Harold ’Pappy’ Daily in production work.
    Chantilly Lace was released that year, first at Pappy Daily´s new company D Records and later at Mercury, becoming a national smash hit that the autor would have almost no time to enjoy, since the night of february 2,1959 came suddenly the other reason the Big Bopper would be remembered; being part of the passage of the plane that left Clear Lake, Iowa to crash in the snow shortly after, ending the life and career of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and Big Bopper.
    The musical legacy of J. P. is however rather more extensive, and it would be unfair to reduce it to a single success.
    Big Bopper was more than just a singer. His songs, including Chantilly Lace, almost always have a humorous component that often puts him halfway between comedy and musical itself.

    His first recording session took place on December 54 at the legendary Jay Miller studios in Crowley, Louisiana. From that meeting came three songs written by Richardson himself, only Bopper’s Boogie Woogie survived, a fantastic jiver full of deep rhythm & blues feelin´ which would be released over 25 years after.  The other two remain lost.

    After that first attempt J. P. Richardson was forced to stop his artistic skills for nearly two years because of the Uncle Sam´s  call-up. In this parenthesis also put on hold his successful career as a DJ in the KTRM station Beaumount, Texas, but on his return Jape, as he was popularly known, brought a whole bag of new purposes and carving a solid future in showbiz was one of them.

    To celebrate his comeback the first thing he did was seeking sponsors to host a Disc-a-thron.    That occurrence consisted on a whole marathon as disc jockey in which he spent no less than 122 hours of non-stop DJing at KTRM , resting only 5 minutes 10 times a day, using the advertising time, and being stimulated only with oxygen. The beating resulted in a five days show of 1821 songs and a brief hospitalization.   Of course also generated a unique advertising toward  him.    Beware!  The Big Bopper had returned.

    J. P. Richardson was not only determined to try luck as singer, but also as composer,  writing songs for other artists, so from his pen came the great success of Johnny Preston called RUNNIN’ BEAR and also WHITE LIGHTNIN’ the future success for his friend George Jones, that was first recorded by Jape himself and edited on his one and only LP.

    His first official single for Mercury was recorded shortly after his return from the army, and included BEGGAR TO A KING / CRAZY BLUES, both own compositions. The first is a sentimental ballad easily forgettable, but the B-side was a great rocking stroll with a strong country taste, that included the great Hal Harris on guitar.
    In this single you´ll find two of the the aforementioned songs, and  undoubtedly two of the Big Bopper´s best rockers.   The perfect match between CRAZY BLUES/ WHITE LIGHTNIN´ is likely the most interesting Big Bopper single ever released.   Enjoy them!
    DeeJay Francho
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  • Big Bopper - Hello Baby – You Know What I Like! (CD)


    ”Upea kokoelma Big Bopperin parhaista, sekä harvinaisuuksia. Mukana myös muita legendaarisia ja harvinaisia biisejä joihin Big Bopper liittyy! ● The ultimate tribute to the artist who died alongside Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens on ’The Day The Music


    ● Includes the all-time smash hit Chantilly Lace! Plus the Big Bopper’s original version of the hit he wrote for

    George Jones, White Lightning

    ● Also includes ultra-rare recordings by the Big Bopper – as well as tribute records and sequels by Eddie

    Cochran, rockabilly legend Ray Campi, and Jayne Mansfield (yes, THAT Jayne Mansfield)


    When the Big Bopper died in the plane crash that took the lives of Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens, he’d scored just two hits, but

    his tragic death on ’The Day The Music Died’ ensured his immortality. And it turns out he had a far more interesting career than

    most one or two hit wonders. For one thing, he wrote several other hits. His original version of George Jones’ #1 country hit White

    Lightning is included here (he also wrote but never recorded Johnny Preston’s #1 pop hit Running Bear). Sadly, he never saw either

    song top the charts. But this generously full CD includes a lot of Bopper, starting with all known recordings: his unissued-atthe-

    time first recording from 1954, his fabulously rare early rock ’n’ roll singles for Mercury, his original recording of Chantilly

    Lace and the follow-up, and his original LP. But there’s more: Big Bopper sequels and tributes include Eddie Cochran’s Three

    Stars, Ray Campi’s The Man I Met (A Tribute To The Big Bopper), Donna Dameron’s sequel, Bopper 486009, and even JayneMansfield’s

    Chantilly Lace spin-off, That Makes It. Add to that, rare and unpublished photos from the Big Bopper’s family as well as

    the first comprehensive biography by Johnette Duff.”

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