The Day The Music … And 'The Big Bopper' … Died

Fifty years ago, a small plane crashed in Clear Lake, Iowa, killing Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and JP "Jape" Richardson.

Richardson was a DJ from Texas who called himself "the Big Bopper." He also played guitar and wrote songs, like "White Lightning." George Jones recorded it, and the song went to number one on the country charts. Richardson also wrote and recorded the novelty hit "Chantilly Lace." That's when he got his big break: a tour with big league stars like Buddy Holly and Richie Valens.

Neal Conan remembers the Big Bopper as a fellow radio man. He died at the age of 28.

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