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The Big Bopper Chantilly Lace

Rock and Roll

Among the jukebox favorites from this 1950s music that we explore is “Chantilly Lace” by The Big Bopper. It is golden oldies music that rocks with a sense of humor. The Big Bopper was the professional name of Jiles Perry “J.P.” Richardson, Jr., who was an early rock and roller. He was born in Sabine Pass TX, in 1930. He was a singer, songwriter, and disc jockey with a BIG personality.  In1955, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and became a radar instructor at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. George Jones had success with Richardson’s song “White Lightning.” Also, Richardson sang background vocals for Johnny Preston’s song “Running Bear” (the record was released shortly after Richardson’s death).

The  song “Chantilly Lace” peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1958 and remained in the national Top 40 for 22 weeks. It has become a rock and roll classic. Jayne Mansfield came out with an answer song to it, which was called “That Makes It.” Richardson also had a hit with his follow-up, which was “The Big Bopper’s Wedding,” where he’s not so sure matrimony is a good idea.

The Big Bopper died in a plane crash in Iowa with Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and pilot Roger Peterson on February 3, 1959, which is known as “the day the music died.” Rock and roll continued, of course, but there was great sadness to lose these young musicians.

Here are the lyrics to “Chantilly Lace” by The Big Bopper:

“Hello, baby
Yeah, this is the Big Bopper speakin’
Oh, you sweet thing
Do I what? Will I what?
Oh baby, you know what I like

Chantilly Lace and a pretty face
And a ponytail hangin’ down
A wiggle in her walk and a giggle in her talk
Make the world go ’round

Ain’t nothing in the world like a big eyed girl
To make me act so funny, make me spend my money
Make me feel real loose like a long necked goose
Like a girl, oh baby, that’s a-what I like

What’s that, baby?
But, but, but, oh, honey
But, oh baby, you know what I like

Chantilly Lace and a pretty face
And a ponytail hangin’ down
A wiggle in her walk and a giggle in her talk, Lord
Make the world go ’round, ’round, ’round

Ain’t nothing in the world like a big eyed girl
To make me act so funny, make me spend my money
Make me feel real loose like a long necked goose
Like a girl, oh baby, that’s a-what I like

What’s that honey?
Pick you up at 8 and don’t be late
But baby, I ain’t got no money, honey
Oh, alright, honey, you know what I like

Chantilly Lace and a pretty face
Ponytail a-hangin’ down
A wiggle in her walk and a giggle in her talk, Lord
Make the world go ’round

Ain’t nothing in the world like a big eyed girl
To make me act so funny, make me spend my money
Make me feel real loose like a long necked goose
Like a girl, oh baby, that’s a-what I like”

If you would like to hear more music by The Big Bopper, please consider this from amazon: Hello Baby: Best of the Big Bopper

For More Golden Oldies Music

For More Golden Oldies Music

The Daily Doo Wop Rec Room has daily featured doo wop music, rock and roll hits, R&B, or rockabilly songs that were hits during the first era of rock and roll (that is, from about 1952 until the British invasion in 1964). After a song is featured, it then goes into the juke box. You are welcome to listen to any of the 40+ selections there. Every weekend, there is a Golden Oldies Juke Box Saturday Night, and the juke box is full of song requests from the 1950s and 1960s.

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