JP "The Big Bopper"
Born: October 24, 1930, Sabine Pass,
Died: February 3, 1959 (age 28), Clear Lake, Iowa
Perry Richardson, Jr., called JP by
his friends but commonly known as The Big Bopper, was an American
disc jockey, singer, and songwriter whose big voice and exuberant
personality made him an early rock and roll star. He is best known for
his recording of "Chantilly Lace".
What do you know about The Big Bopper (JP
Richardson)? Try this Rock & Roll Heaven Quick Quiz.
1. Richardson later studied pre-law at Lamar
College, and was a member of the band and chorus. Why did he quit
- Broke leg while playing football
- Job selling cars at local Ford dealership
- Full-time radio on KTRM (now KZZB)
2. When did Richardson marry Adrianne Joy Fryou?
- February 6, 1947
- April 18, 1952
- January 1, 1958
3. March 1955 he was drafted into the United
States Army and did his basic training at Fort Ord, California. He spent
the rest of his two years service as a radar instructor at Fort Bliss,
near El Paso, Texas.
4. Following his discharge as a corporal in March
1957, Richardson returned to KTRM radio, where he held down the
"Dishwashers' Serenade" shift from Monday through Friday. What
was the time slot?
- 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- 12:30 p.m. to 6 a.m.
5. Richardson had seen the college students doing
a dance called The Bop, and he decided to call himself "The Big
Bopper". His new radio show ran from 3 to 6 p.m. What position did
he take on at the station?
- Program director
- Sales manager
- Station manager
6. Richardson, who played guitar, began his
musical career as a song writer. Who was "White Lightening" a
#1 country hit and the singer's first #1 song?
- Elvis Presley
- Johnny Cash
- George Jones
7. Jimmy Preston had a #1 Pop hit with a
Richardson song? What is the song?
- "Running Bear"
- "The Pack Come Running"
8. Who was NOT on the "Winter
Dance Party" tour.
- Buddy Holly
- Ricky Nelson
- Dion & the Belmonts
9. Who gave up his seat on the Beechcraft Bonanza
- Waylon Jennings
- Rick Nelson
10. Where is The Big Bopper buried?
- Moore Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Arlington,
- Hillsboro City Cemetery, Hillsboro, Texas
- Forest Lawn Memorial Park and Funeral Home,