In 1930, Sabine Pass, Texas was where the deep voiced,
energetic, and ambitious Jiles Perry "J.P." Richardson, Jr, was born. Starting
out as a disc jockey, J.P. would gain his early fame from my unique style that
was fusing Rockabilly and Rock & Roll, his deep resonating voice, and he
infectiously cheerful personality.
Prior to being the legendary Big Bopper, he was heavily
involved in school music programs and took a path in pre-law in college. This
path would take a fall on its ear as his passion for radio led him to being a
radio DJ. As a disc jockey, he would shatter the record for continuous
broadcasting for radio when he stayed on air for 5 strait days, took the name of
The Big Bopper, and was the first person to use the term "Music Video." He would
also be the first to create music mashups.
Prior to 1959, The Big Bopper had three things in the forming. The first of
these was in his video business that was laying the groundwork in artists being
able to have music videos of their music. This was still in its infancy, but has
been the foundation to all modern music videos. If Buddy Holly is the Father of
Rock & Roll, then The Big Bopper is the Grandfather of Modern Music Videos.
The second thing that in the bag of ideas that The Big Bopper had was his
emergence in creating mashups. This would lead to him making his own music, but
was also fundamental in what modern musicians refer to as remixes, mashups,
ultramixes, and supermixes. He was the first to do this at any professional
level and present it to the public in a finished state that could rival the
original pieces. Many times he was also known for performing the vocals to these mashups and in MCing transitional pieces to help in the integration of the
music. These approaches would be pieces that would be commonplace in future
genres like Electronic
Music, modern Hip Hop, and Pop music.
In the final year that The Big Bopper was alive, he worked heavily in making his
own music. This transition from being a DJ and into creating his own music was
seen as a hard leap by many. This was a leap that the Bopper not only did, but
also made a hit with one of his first songs, Chantilly Lace. It was the
popularity of this song that would garner him a spot in the winter tour with
chart scorchers Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. Sadly, it was on this tour that
the deep voiced Texan would meet a somber fate on February 3rd, 1959. He was the
oldest of the three artists to perish, at the age of 28.
In his time, J.P. served in the US Army, got married, become a father, and left
a lasting legacy in many areas of the music world.
Jiles Perry "J.P." Richardson, Jr.
The Big Bopper
October 24th, 1930 - February 3rd, 1959