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The Big Bopper (1930–1959)

The Big Bopper was born on October 24, 1930 in Sabine Pass, Texas, USA as Jiles Perry Richardson Jr. He was married to Adrianne Joy Fryon. He died on February 3, 1959 in Clear Lake, Iowa, USA. See full bio »

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 2015 It's Only Rock 'n' Roll: Rock 'n' Roll at the BBC (TV Movie) (writer: "Chantilly Lace / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On")
 2014 One Hit Wonderland (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Hooked on a Feeling by Blue Swede (2014) ... (writer: "Running Bear")
 2014 Australian Story (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- A Very Good Rascal (2014) ... (writer: "Chantilly Lace" - as J.P. Richardson)
 2013 Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Week 2 (2013) ... ("Chantilly Lace") / (writer: "Chantilly Lace")
 2010 Kottan ermittelt: Rien ne va plus (writer: "Chantilly Lace" - as J.P. Richardson)
 2010/I Flipped (performer: "Chantilly Lace") / (writer: "Chantilly Lace" - as J.P. Richardson)
 2007 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (writer: "Chantilly Lace" - as J.P. Richardson)
 2007 Opry Video Classics: Legends (Video) (writer: "White Lightning")
 2006 Happy Feet (writer: "Chantilly Lace" - as J.P. Richardson)
 2006 The Wire (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Soft Eyes (2006) ... (writer: "White Lightning")
 2005 Breakfast on Pluto (writer: "Running Bear" (1959) - as J.P. Richardson)
 2005 The Karate Dog (TV Movie) (writer: "Chantily Lace" - as J.P. Richardson)
 2001 Life and Debt (Documentary) (writer: "Chantilly Lace" - as J.P. Richardson)
 2000 How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog (writer: "Running Bear" - as J.P. Richardson)
 1995-1997 Tohuwabohu (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Tralala 2 bzw. 40 (1997) ... (writer: "Chantilly Lace" - uncredited)
- Montreux-Mix II (1995) ... (writer: "Chantilly Lace" - uncredited)
- XXIV - 0024 (1995) ... (writer: "Chantilly Lace" - uncredited)
 1994 A Simple Twist of Fate (writer: "Running Bear" - as J.P. Richardson)
 1993 The Beverly Hillbillies (writer: "WHITE LIGHTNING" - as J.P. Richardson)
 1993 True Romance (writer: "Chantilly Lace")
 1989 Scandal (writer: "Running Bear" - uncredited)
 1989 Parents (as J.P. Richardson, "Chantilly Lace") / (performer: "Chantilly Lace")
 1988 High Spirits (lyrics: "Chantilly Lace" - as J.P. Richardson) / (music: "Chantilly Lace" - as J.P. Richardson) / (performer: "Chantilly Lace")
 1988 Cocktail (writer: "Chantilly Lace" - as J.P. Richardson)
 1987 La Bamba (lyrics: "Chantilly Lace" - as J.P. Richardson) / (music: "Chantilly Lace" - as J.P. Richardson) / (performer: "Chantilly Lace")
 1987 Rags to Riches (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Pilot (1987) ... (writer: "Chantilly Lace")
 1986 Crime Story (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Pilot (1986) ... (writer: "Running Bear")
 1986 Best of Bandstand (Video documentary) (performer: "Chantilly Lace" - as Big Bopper Richardson) / (writer: "Chantilly Lace" - as Big Bopper Richardson)
 1982 It Came from Hollywood (Documentary) (writer: "Running Bear" - as J.P. Richardson, uncredited)
  Filthy Rich (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1982) (writer - 1 episode, 1982)
- The Happy Medium (1982) ... (performer: "Chantilly Lace") / (writer: "Chantilly Lace")
 1979 Cuba (performer: "Chantilly Lace" (1958) - as J.P. Richardson, uncredited) / (writer: "Chantilly Lace" (1958) - as J.P. Richardson, uncredited)
 1978 Good Old Days Part II (TV Special) (performer: "Chantilly Lace") / (writer: "Chantilly Lace")
 1978 The Buddy Holly Story (writer: "Chantilly Lace")
 1978 Lemon Popsicle (writer: "Chantilly Lace")
 1976 Slumber Party '57 (performer: "Chantilly Lace") / (writer: "Chantilly Lace", "Running Bear")
 1976 The Porter Wagoner Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Sandi Burnett/Jak Kelly and Company (1976) ... (writer: "Running Bear")
 1975 Crazy Mama (writer: "Running Bear" - as J.P. Richardson)
 1975 The Ernie Sigley Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 4 March 1975 (1975) ... (writer: "Chantilly Lace" - as Jiles Perry Richardson)
 1973 American Graffiti (writer: - as J.P. Richardson) / (writer: "Chantilly Lace")
 1970 The Johnny Cash Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.28 (1970) ... (writer: "White Lightning")
 1965 Country Music on Broadway (writer: "White Lightning" - as J.P. Richardson)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Songwriter: Wrote "Running Bear", a hit for Johnny Preston. See more »

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3 Portrayals | See more »

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Alternate Names:

J.P. Richardson | Jules Perry 'The Big Bopper' Richardson

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Had completed a performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, along with Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. Following the performance, they boarded the ill-fated airplane that, shortly after take-off, crashed in a nearby field. See more »


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