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JP "The Big Bopper" Richards

Born: October 24, 1930, Sabine Pass, Texas
Died: February 3, 1959 (age 28), Clear Lake, Iowa

The Big Bopper - Trivia powered by ABEJiles 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 college?

  • 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.

  • Fact or Myth?

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"
  • "Tomorrow"

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 to Richardson?

  • Dion
  • Waylon Jennings
  • Rick Nelson

10. Where is The Big Bopper buried?

  • Moore Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Arlington, Texas
  • Hillsboro City Cemetery, Hillsboro, Texas
  • Forest Lawn Memorial Park and Funeral Home, Beaumont, Texas

The Big Bopper Answers

  1. Full-time radio on KTRM (now KZZB)
  2. April 18, 1952
  3. Fact
  4. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  5. Program director
  6. George Jones
  7. "Running Bear"
  8. Ricky Nelson
  9. Waylon Jennings
  10. Angels on your pillowForest Lawn Memorial Park and Funeral Home, Beaumont, Texas
    Plot: First burial plot-Lily Pool Garden, Block C, Lot 31, Space 3

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