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The Big Bopper

American musician (1930–1959).

Born October 24th, 1930 in Port Arthur.

Died February 3rd, 1959 at 28 years old in Clear Lake (aviation accident).

disc jockey, musician, singer, songwriter

Jiles Perry Richardson Jr., professionally known as The Big Bopper, died on February 3, 1959 at the age of 28. The Big Bopper was born in Sabine Pass, Texas in 1930 and became an important figure in the music industry during the 1950s. He was best known for his role in the development of rock and roll music, and he wrote and performed a number of hit songs such as "Chantilly Lace," "White Lightnin’," and "Running Bear" which topped the music charts and earned him a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. In addition to his music career, The Big Bopper was a pioneering disc jockey, working with KTRM and KVOM in Beaumont, Texas. He was also part of the first-ever Winter Dance Party Tour, making history by performing alongside popular artists like Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. The Big Bopper is survived by his wife Marian and daughter Delaney. He will be remembered for his immense contribution to rock and roll music.

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