Jiles Perry Richardson was known as JP by friends and The Big Bopper to fans. He was a radio DJ, singer and songwriter in Texas. In 1959, after the success of Chantilly Lace, he took time off from the radio station where he worked to go on tour with Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly, and Dion and the Belmonts which was called "The Winter Dance Party Tour." After the show the Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens and Buddy Holly took off in a plane from Clear Lake, Iowa and the plane soon crashed presumably due to the snow and ice storm. They were all killed including the pilot. Singer Don McLean later referred to this in a song as "the day the music died." We can only imagine how far he would have gone if he had lived. Love ya Big Bopper!