Big Bopper

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Big Bopper Gender: M
Jiles Perry Richardson, Jr.
born on 24 October 1930 at 20:00 (= 8:00 PM )
Place Sabine Pass, Texas, 29n44, 93w54
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 00°56' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 11°28 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 13°52'

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American pop star, disc jockey and composer. He died on 3 February 1959 in a plane crash along with Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. The doomed trio, on tour, were not originally scheduled to fly, but their chartered bus broke down and Buddy hired a single engine Beech Bonanza at Mason City, IA to get them to their destination.

The Bopper had a bad cold, so another musician, Waylon Jennings, who was unknown at that time, gave up his seat. Ritchie got a seat by winning a coin toss with the guitarist, remarking that it was the first time he'd ever won anything. The pilot, Roger Peterson, 21, took off in dark bitter cold at 1:50 AM with a stiff wind blowing and light snow falling; the wingtip scraped the ground 15 minutes later. The plane bounced and tumbled for 200 yards, scattering debris everywhere. They were found by a search plane at 9:30 AM the next day.

The Big Bopper was the most successful of the trio with a hit song on the charts, "Chantilly Lace." He was a novelty act. Holly was tired of performing, and aimed to go into record producing. Ritchie had the most promising and bright future.

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  • associate relationship with Holly, Buddy (born 7 September 1936). Notes: died in the same plane crash
  • associate relationship with Valens, Ritchie (born 13 May 1941). Notes: died in the same plane crash
  • role played of/by Parkinson, Doug (born 30 October 1946). Notes: 1991-1992 stage musical "Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story"


  • Death by Accident 3 February 1959 (Plane crash, age 28)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Social : Begin Travel 3 February 1959 at 01:50 AM in Mason City, IA (Doomed flight)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes birth certificate No. 93507, copy on file.

Same data from Steinbrecher who quoted B.R.


  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Accident/Injury (Airplane, fatal)
  • Personal : Death : Short Life less than 29 Yrs (Age 28)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Radio/ D.J./ Announcer
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc.