The Big Bopper

1930 - 1959

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Jiles Perry Richardson Jr. (October 24, 1930 – February 3, 1959), known as The Big Bopper, was an American musician, songwriter and disc jockey. His best-known compositions include "Chantilly Lace" and "White Lightning", the latter of which became George Jones' first number one hit in 1959. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of The Big Bopper has received more than 2,977,575 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). The Big Bopper is the 550th most popular musician (down from 509th in 2019), the 2,905th most popular biography from United States (down from 2,542nd in 2019) and the 177th most popular American Musician.

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  • 24

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  • 3.71

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Among musicians, The Big Bopper ranks 550 out of 2,675Before him are John Lewis, Steve Howe, Alan Menken, Marty Friedman, Tom Petty, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. After him are Roger Hodgson, Jan Kubelík, The Edge, Archie Shepp, Jørgen Ingmann, and Anton Karas.

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Among people born in 1930, The Big Bopper ranks 170Before him are Vilmos Zsigmond, David Huddleston, Ernst Fuchs, Tadao Kobayashi, Guy Ligier, and Gholamreza Takhti. After him are Chus Lampreave, María Elena Walsh, Anerood Jugnauth, Uladzimir Karatkievich, Ignatius Moses I Daoud, and Arnaldo Ochoa. Among people deceased in 1959, The Big Bopper ranks 68Before him are Bernard Berenson, Aleksandar Tsankov, Štefan Tiso, Hitoshi Ashida, Jose P. Laurel, and Enrique Guaita. After him are Reuven Shiloah, Werner Krauss, Ki Hajar Dewantara, José Vasconcelos, S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike, and Pietro Canonica.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, The Big Bopper ranks 2,905 out of 15,968Before him are Dan Quayle (1947), Joseph Valachi (1904), Katherine MacGregor (1925), Vito Acconci (1940), Stephenie Meyer (1973), and Stanley Schachter (1922). After him are Waylon Jennings (1937), Blake Lively (1987), Philip Baker Hall (1931), Liev Schreiber (1967), Wally Schirra (1923), and Elmore Leonard (1925).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, The Big Bopper ranks 177Before him are Benny Golson (1929), John Lewis (1920), Alan Menken (1949), Marty Friedman (1962), Tom Petty (1950), and Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915). After him are Archie Shepp (1937), Louis Prima (1910), Elvin Jones (1927), Tico Torres (1953), Moondog (1916), and Rufus Wainwright (1973).