The Big Bopper - Chantilly Lace

The Big Bopper - Chantilly Lace

Catalogue Code: 710472

Barcode: 5050457104726

Release Date: 19 Sep 2011

Jiles Richardson first came to prominence as a disk jockey on KTRM in Beaumont, Texas, becoming a full time jockey upon quitting college in 1949. Aside from a two year period spent in the armed forces, Jiles continued making a name as a disk jockey, writing songs as something of a hobby. One of these, Running Bear, he gave to a friend, Johnny Preston, who would eventually top the charts in September 1959. Jiles own recording career began in 1957, when he adopted the name Big Bopper and recorded Beggar To A King. It was his second single, Chantilly Lace, that broke big, prompting Jiles to take a temporary leave of absence from KTRM in order to tour with Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and Dion & The Belmonts on the Winter Dance Party in January and February 1959. The logistics of the tour were such that there were vast distances between several of the dates, and on one such journey, between Clear Lake, Iowa and Moorhead, Minnesota, Buddy Holly suggested chartering a plane to cover the 380 miles. Jiles persuaded Waylon Jennings to give up his seat on the plane as Jiles had flu, a decision that was ultimately to cost him his life. Quite how big a performer he would have gone on to become is open to debate, but the songs on this album suggest he could have rivalled even Buddy Holly.

1. Chantilly Lace
2. Pink Petticoats
3. Little Red Riding Hood
4. Someone Watching Over You
5. Big Bopper's Wedding
6. Old Maid
7. It's The Truth, Ruth
8. Preacher And The Bear
9. The Clock
10. White Lightning