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The Big Bopper

American disc jockey

Died when: 28 years 102 days (339 months)
Star Sign: Scorpio

 

The Big Bopper

Jiles Perry Richardson Jr. (October 24, 1930 – February 3, 1959), known as The Big Bopper, was an American musician, songwriter and disc jockey.

His best known compositions include "Chantilly Lace" and "White Lightning", the latter of which became George Jones' first number-one hit in 1959.

Richardson was killed in a plane crash in Clear Lake, Iowa in 1959, along with fellow musicians Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens, and the pilot Roger Peterson.

The accident was famously referred to as "The Day the Music Died" in Don McLean's 1971 song "American Pie".


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