The Big Bopper

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1983 (The 1984 Induction Ceremony)

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Chantilly Lace (1958)

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Will The Big Bopper be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."
   

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When you really stop and think about it, "The Day The Music Died" included "The Big Bopper" as well as Ritchie Valens and Buddy Holly, under any other circumstances it would probably be a no, but because of the sadness and truth surrounding this individual. "The Big Bopper" should always be remembered....so my vote is YES

Posted by JasonP on Tuesday, 03.25.08 @ 20:16pm


Chantilly Lace is a good song, but not nearly enough for induction (Ritchie Valens probably isn't worthy either. Buddy Holly is definitely worthy.)

Posted by Lenny B on Tuesday, 03.25.08 @ 20:37pm


My personal favorite was "The Purple People Eater Meets The Witch Doctor", which was the "B" side to "Chantilly Lace"...just kidding (about it being my favorite...the song actually existed)!!!! He did write hits for other people, though, such as "Running Bear" by Johnny Preston, and "White Lightning" by George Jones...not enough to get into the hall, but there was more to him than "Chantilly Lace".

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 06.21.08 @ 13:13pm


He is a must !!!

Posted by Dennis on Monday, 08.11.08 @ 12:30pm


Why

Posted by Dameon on Monday, 08.11.08 @ 16:13pm


I'll be honest w/you. I have no idea beyond "Chantilly Lace" why anyone would put the Bopper in. There really is so little to listen to here. Chantilly is a great song, but the most you could do is pre-suppose what he may have done.

Thing is, you could pre-suppose for a million others as well. I admire him, but it doesn't cut the mustard if you're talking Hall here.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Monday, 08.11.08 @ 17:29pm


I said it before: he's a tough sell, but I'd still put him in. Listening to his back catalog, I hear a terrific blending of bluesy rhythms and country witticism and styling. To me, he showed us in his very brief time what rock 'n' roll was at its fundamental roots: the blending of white and black music to make something new and wonderful, and did it without being rockabilly (just to make it clear, I LOVE rockabilly, but it speaks to his credit that he could come up with something else using the same ingredients).

Posted by Philip on Monday, 08.11.08 @ 17:45pm


Well, he did write "Running Bear", which was a hit for Johnny Preston, and "White Lightning", which was a big hit for George Jones. I'm not saying that's enough to get into the hall, though.

Unfortunately, he'll always be remembered first and foremost for what happened on a really bad day in February, 1959...

Posted by Gitarzan on Monday, 08.11.08 @ 18:15pm


Right, like I said, it's a tough sell, but hey, lemme play the "Percy Sledge card" and say INDUCT THE BOPPER! lol.

Posted by Philip on Monday, 08.11.08 @ 18:43pm


Well, of course!! If you play that card, he's a shoo-in!!! Atlantic Records needs to buy his catalog first, though...ROFL!!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Monday, 08.11.08 @ 18:47pm


lol yeah, I still stand by my comments. I think my points, if not convincing, are valid. Yeah, to most people, he's best known for Feb. 3, 1959, but then again, that's a big part of why the nominating committee isn't made of average joes.

Nice to know he's been considered at least, thought that probably hasn't happened since the 80's.

Posted by Philip on Monday, 08.11.08 @ 18:54pm


Right, like I said, it's a tough sell, but hey, lemme play the "Percy Sledge card" and say INDUCT THE BOPPER! lol.

Posted by Philip on Monday, 08.11.08 @ 18:43pm

Lol or the Richie Valie card..or WOODY Guthrie Gee you guys are funny.. It is not how many Hits it is what the Hit did for music,, I mean How Big were the Moonglows.. It is what they did as much or more than how many hit!!! One thing good about RHOF is it is not always based on # of HITS>>


Posted by mrxyx on Monday, 08.11.08 @ 23:05pm


That's exactly what I'm saying. The Big Bopper had only three hits, only one of them well-known, but I feel what he did overall could and maybe should get him into the Hall Of Fame.

And Woody Guthrie was inducted as an Early Influence, remember, not as a Performer.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 08.13.08 @ 20:33pm


sweet

Posted by rachel on Wednesday, 11.12.08 @ 11:44am


Feb 3 1959.......50 years ago the day the music died.. YES to "The Big Bopper"
RIP and keep ROCKIN!!!!
why is he not in..??

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 01.31.09 @ 20:07pm


Feb 3 1959.......50 years ago the day the music died.. YES to "The Big Bopper"
RIP and keep ROCKIN!!!!
why is he not in..??

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 01.31.09 @ 20:07pm

YES

Posted by mrxyz on Tuesday, 02.3.09 @ 12:57pm


We still miss the three of you... everybody sends their love.

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 02.3.09 @ 19:03pm


The Big Bopper should be in he made one of the first music videos.

Posted by Klementowski on Friday, 02.6.09 @ 12:56pm


HEEELLOO BAAAYBEE
Jiles Perry Richardson was more than just a one hit wonder. He did write and record many more songs than Chantilly Lace.

He should not be remembered just as the guy who died with Richie Valens and Buddy Holly. We forget that Chantilly Lace was the biggest selling single of 1958 in the USA. We forget thet he held the record for non stop broadcasting on the radio for a number of years.
We forget that Chantilly Lace has featured in many films and has also been covered by many other artists including Jerry Lee Lewis.

We forget that he was way ahead of his time when he said that one day music videos would be the way forward.
We forget that other artists had hits with White Lightening and Running Bear.
We forget that he was a co-founder of Big Bopper Music inc where many artists cut their recording teeth.
One hit wonder? NO.... DEFINATELY NOT
Deserves to be in the Rock and Roll hall of fame...Simple.....YES YES YES.

Posted by Martyn Gillie...aka THE BIG BOPPER UK on Thursday, 02.12.09 @ 10:40am


Some say the music died Feb 3 1959,Thanks to the music and genius of Buddy Ritchie and The Big Bopper,the music was only getting started.

Fast forward Feb 3 2009,Thousand of fans from 42 states and 7 countries meet at The Surf Ballroom
to prove the music is still alive

Buddy has been inducted into the RRHOF,and so has Ritchie

This is a landmark year for the music and the performers.

This year lets finally induct the Big Bopper into
the RRHOF for all of his accomplishments and contributions to the music world

I know the inductees for this year have already been nominated,and some may say its to late/maybe next year.................

I say anything is possible

Cmon...........................Fifty years

I hope the RRHOF decides to do the right thing

Next year is 51 years of contributions

The time is now Thanks

Posted by Gary C on Thursday, 02.12.09 @ 10:56am


Martyn, thanks for your post & reminders about Big Bopper. He has been previously considered. Maybe he will again, but it's getting harder with time.

Posted by Worm on Thursday, 02.12.09 @ 11:02am


I totally agree with Martyn:

Deserves to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

He was NO one hit wonder, much more than that.

Cheers from Germany and www.buddyhollylives.info

Posted by Hans on Thursday, 02.12.09 @ 12:08pm


There is a biopic (working title "The Day The Music Died") and a stage musical (working title "Chantilly Lace") in the works. Once the musical is up the bioic will be next on the agenda. Maybe then the general public will believe "Jape" was more than a one song wonder!
For more information log onto www.chantillylacethemusical.com and www.bigboppermovie.com .

Posted by Houston on Thursday, 02.12.09 @ 13:19pm


Bopper is just as important as anyone else!!
If he wasn't, we wouldn't have music videos!!
And everyone would be sad that there was no one like Bopper!!!!
FO SHO!

Posted by Laurel on Thursday, 02.12.09 @ 14:19pm


Just because a person has a couple of hits doesn't make them so great they have to be in the HoF. MADonna never did a Rock n Roll song. Is she a great influence to anyone? At the HoF there is a shrine for Kurt Cobaine. Was he that good?
ALL the pioneers of Rock should be in the Hall!
That includes the Big Bopper...they don't make them like that anymore. Chantilly Lace was a swinging original.

Posted by Joe on Thursday, 02.12.09 @ 19:16pm


I was shocked and ashamed that the Big Bopper is not included in the Hall of Fame. J.P. was more than the voice of his distinctive and memorable melodies. J.P. was spinning records of artists whom would otherwise never be heard or incouraged to express more of the artists talents. J.P. developed and fought for royaly payment structure for artists. He also brought music to evrybody, black or white. and promoted everybody, black or white. Now thats class. Why the Bopper isnt in the Hall of Fame is beyond comprehension. Im speechless, put him in the Hall of Fame where he belongs.

Posted by Darren Cooper on Thursday, 02.19.09 @ 01:26am


Speaking of the Crickets Why isn't the Big Bopper in..?

Posted by mrxyz on Friday, 02.27.09 @ 06:40am


Although he is important, I find it hard to believe that the Big Bopper will ever be inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The only song of his that any one actually remembers is "Chantilly Lace," which, admittedly, isn't terribly great. When you consider the musical contributions of his contemporaries (Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Johnny Cash...need I go on?), the Big Bopper's place in the history of rock and roll almost seems negligible. I am, by no means, attempting to demean the Bopper or sully his reputation; the "Day the Music Died" was a tragedy and he is rightfully remembered as a great musician along side fellow victims Holly and Ritchie Valens. Still, it seems to me that too much time has passed for the Bopper to be seriously considered as a candidate for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame...he would have to go in as an early influence, if at all.

Posted by AreUExperienced on Wednesday, 07.15.09 @ 17:49pm



Although he is important, I find it hard to believe that the Big Bopper will ever be inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The only song of his that any one actually remembers is "Chantilly Lace," which, admittedly, isn't terribly great. When you consider the musical contributions of his contemporaries (Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino,

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Compared to Ritchie Valens He had more Hits
# Come On, Let's Go (US #42) / FramedóDel-Fi 4106 (1958)
# Donna (US #2) / La Bamba (US #2

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The Big Bopper out did him Heck He had hits after he died Chantilly Lace
# White Lightnin', #1 hit for George Jones
# Running Bear, #1 hit for Johnny Preston
# Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor


ALSO

May 1957, he broke the record for continuous on-the-air broadcasting by eight minutes. From a remote set-up in the lobby of the Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont, Richardson performed for total of five days, two hours and eight minutes, playing 1,821 records and taking showers during five-minute newscasts. He lost 35 pounds (16 kilos) during his marathon. KTRM paid Richardson $746.50 for his overtime and he slept for the next 20 hours.

Richardson is credited with coining the term music video in 1959, and recorded an early example himself. However, his business venture in this area was cut short by his untimely death. [1



YES TO THE BIG BOPPER

Posted by mrxyz on Wednesday, 07.15.09 @ 21:56pm


Should be IN.....

Posted by mrxyz on Thursday, 09.3.09 @ 20:58pm


Maybe this year Lets hope!!

Posted by mrxyz on Sunday, 09.13.09 @ 10:38am


_______________________________________________
Compared to Ritchie Valens He had more Hits
# Come On, Let's Go (US #42) / FramedóDel-Fi 4106 (1958)
# Donna (US #2) / La Bamba (US #2

_______________________________________________-
The Big Bopper out did him Heck He had hits after he died Chantilly Lace
# White Lightnin', #1 hit for George Jones
# Running Bear, #1 hit for Johnny Preston
# Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor


ALSO

May 1957, he broke the record for continuous on-the-air broadcasting by eight minutes. From a remote set-up in the lobby of the Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont, Richardson performed for total of five days, two hours and eight minutes, playing 1,821 records and taking showers during five-minute newscasts. He lost 35 pounds (16 kilos) during his marathon. KTRM paid Richardson $746.50 for his overtime and he slept for the next 20 hours.

Richardson is credited with coining the term music video in 1959, and recorded an early example himself. However, his business venture in this area was cut short by his untimely death. [1

Yes

Posted by mrxyz on Monday, 11.16.09 @ 22:11pm


mrxyz, you know I support the Bopper, and have stated it a few times on this thread, but I have to correct your errors.

Valens had 5 Hot 100 hits... Donna, C'mon Let's Go, La Bamba, That's My Little Suzie, and Little Girl, plus and his song "Framed" became a hit when covered by Cheech And Chong years later, if you want to count that.

The Big Bopper had three Hot 100 hits: Chantillay Lace, Big Bopper's Wedding, and Li'l Red Riding Hood. And if you want to include Johnny Preston's "Running Bear" and Joe South's "Purple People Eater Meets Witch Doctor", fine, but then you gotta include "Framed" for Valens, and the score is 6-5 Valens.

In terms of back catalog, I think the Bopper's is more impressive, but in terms of hits... Valens has the edge.

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 11.17.09 @ 18:47pm


mrxyz, you know I support the Bopper, and have stated it a few times on this thread, but I have to correct your errors.

Glad to hear it.. He had as much right as the other 2 maybe even mo...

Posted by mrxyz on Tuesday, 11.17.09 @ 18:53pm


YEs

Posted by mrxyzomg on Sunday, 07.4.10 @ 02:39am


Buddy Holly had only one #1 hit. Ritchie did not have any #1 hits. Besides Chantilly Lace, the Bopper had two #1 hits he wrote with Running Bear and White Lighting. According to several experts, he was also the first person to make a music video. She should be in the hall of fame for sure.

Posted by J Dog on Tuesday, 02.8.11 @ 16:04pm


Yes, he should be inducted! Song writer for many hits, great performer. Don't induct him because of his tragic accident, induct him because he deserves it. Oh yea, did I mention he had the first MTV style Music Video, that alone should do it.

Posted by PiggyNicky on Wednesday, 03.2.11 @ 19:11pm


Big Bopper should be in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. He was fantastic and will live in the hearts of true rock and roll fans forever!

Posted by Herb Whitcher on Tuesday, 09.27.11 @ 16:12pm


Not famous enough for the course of rock music, I'm afraid. That he died the day the music died has become trivia for the rockologists.

Posted by Robert on Tuesday, 11.15.11 @ 10:07am


If you're gonna demand "famous enough" then you have to retract this year's nominations of Freddie King and Laura Nyro, as well as the inductions of Buddy Guy, Ruth Brown, and Little Willie John as well. The Big Bopper is an artist that laid the groundwork for Southern Rock. He took a lot of the same elements that Carl Perkins used in rockabilly, but he came up with a completely different style of music. His backlog is great music. It may be years before he gets recognition, but he is deserving. He's more than just a footnote in the annals or rock history.

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 11.15.11 @ 12:57pm


Oh my goodness he is not in?
I just don't undrestand!

Posted by Happy on Tuesday, 03.20.12 @ 01:01am


Jiles Perry Richardson, better known as The Big Bopper, was more than just someone who died in a plane crash and recorded one of the enduring songs of the 1950s. The Big Bopper was the the man who first defined the term music video, even though he referred to it as rock video. He was so far ahead of his time when he predicted that promotional videos would someday become a major force in the music industry.

Besides the iconic Chantilly Lace, The Big Bopper has at least a baker's dozen or more of great songs. Bopper's Boogie Woogie proved that whites could sing the blues as well as the blacks, not to mention that The Big Bopper captured the sound and feel far better than the sacred cows of the 1960s (none of whom had that direct experience with growing up dirt poor in the deep south). Big Bopper's Wedding, Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor, and It's the Truth Ruth are just downright hilarious. His rendition of Preacher and the Bear successfully marries traditional folk (not the whiny political crap) to hard-driving sounds. Someone Watching Over Me and Beggar to a King are sincere country love songs. And the list goes on.

The record shows that The Big Bopper was more than a mere novelty or one-hit wonder. He left us with a wonderful legacy of music. The RRHOF would do well to induct him next year, along with other unsung '50s heroes like Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Billy Ward and The Dominoes, and Dale Hawkins.

Posted by Zach on Tuesday, 05.1.12 @ 18:34pm


The Big Bopper should be included. He proved himself in his short time and we can only wonder what would have happened had he not died that day. People still know his songs and that he made the first video. Also the hits for others such as Running Bear and White Lightnin. Put the Bopper in !!!

Posted by gymgirl on Saturday, 09.1.12 @ 03:42am


All of you must be complete MORONS to think that the Bopper is not worthy to be there!!!! He is more worthy than most that are in there!!! I think that he should be in there for Chantilly lace not to mention for all of the great songs that he wrote!!!!! And how DARE ANYONE say that
Ritchie Valens doesn't belong, if you had accomplished what he had in a mere seventeen years, I guess you would have more to do with your life than to criticize a dead kid!!!!!!!!! Please people with some sense VOTE for The Big Bopper to be in the Hall. We can not let him be forgotten. Rave On Buddy, Ritchie, and The Big Bopper!!!!

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Posted by Bopper and Me on Sunday, 12.6.15 @ 20:22pm


The Big Bopper was more than just a one hit wonder truth be told The Bopper recorded many many songs during his short lifetime . The Big Bopper wrote two songs that were million sellers for Johnny Preston Running Bear and country superstar George Jones White Lightning. The Big Bopper also was a program director for KTRM radio ,The Bopper had his own talent agency The Bopper also recorded the first music videos and is considered by many to be the innovator of the music video . Lastly , The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame considers the song ' Chantilly Lace " to be one of the 500 songs that shaped rock and roll ......

Posted by Gary Clevenger on Friday, 01.1.16 @ 09:06am


Chantilly Lace one of the most lostned to songs of 1958
also a No 1 hit for Jerry Le Lewis and recorded and performed bu many stars including the Rolling Stones
White lightning Country musics King George Jones first No 1
also recorded by Waylon Jennings Leon Russel and more
Running Bear Johny Prestons No 1 and
Beggar To King a hit for Hank Snow and more
All of these songs were written by JP Richardson aka The Big Bopper,
He is also credidited for making the first Rock and Roll Video
and as a DJ was instrumental in Elvis Pressleys career
Also as a DJ he broke the world record spining discs
He was an inovator a genious a performer a songwriter
of course he doesnt just deserve to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of fame its his god given right he desrves not only to be inducted but welcomed with open arms 2016 your year JP

Posted by john cumberland on Friday, 01.1.16 @ 09:54am


http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/flashback-hear-the-big-boppers-original-take-on-white-lightning-20160203#ixzz3zCEHbLA1

Flashback: Hear the Big Bopper's Original Take on 'White Lightning'

George Jones' first Number One hit was written by J.P. Richardson, who died 57 years ago today in a legendary plane crash

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 02.4.16 @ 06:07am


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