Son Wants Big Bopper In Hall Of Fame
February 5, 2009 at 5:16 AM (PT)
The son of one of rock's earliest stars is reaching out to his dad's fans for help. THE BIG BOPPER (J. P. RICHARDSON, JR.), the songwriter/singer of "Chantilly Lace," died at 28 in a plane crash on FEBRUARY 3, 1959, with BUDDY HOLLY and RITCHIE VALENS.
His son JAY P. RICHARDSON was born 84 days later.
"The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame lists 'Chantilly Lace' as one of the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll," said RICHARDSON, "but Dad hasn't been inducted with BUDDY and RITCHIE. Dad deserves this recognition not because of his death or because he wrote three songs that topped the charts but because he is now recognized as the innovator of the music video."
Bopper's music or persona have also been a staple in films from "American Graffiti" to "Happy Feet" to "Walk Hard: The DEWEW COX Story."
"As the anniversaries fly by," continued RICHARDSON, "I worry about keeping his music alive. I need all his fans, young and old, to write the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame requesting his induction."