February 3 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of legendary American disc jockey, singer and songwriter, Jiles “The Big Bopper” Perry Richardson, Jr. Known for his big voice and even bigger personality, Richardson won the hearts of the American people with hits like “Chantilly Lace” and “The Big Bopper’s Wedding.”
Richardson was tragically killed in a plane crash in 1959 along with fellow entertainers Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and pilot Roger Peterson, an event immortalized in song by Don McClean as “the day the music died.”
People can read more about Richardson beginning on Thursday, January 29, at online memorialization site Legacy.com. The “Lasting Legacy” page will feature bio information, images and audio of the entertainer in remembrance and celebration of the impact that he made on American culture.