What was the Big Bopper’s real name?

Dear Cecil:

Cecil, what was the Big Bopper's real name?

Cecil replies:

The Big Bopper, who made a hit of “Chantilly Lace” and died in a plane crash along with Richie Valens and Buddy Holly, was in real life a disc jockey and program director at KTRM in Beaumont, Texas. His real name was J.P. Richardson.

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