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The Big Bopper J P Jape Richardson Autograph Signed Letter Chantilly Lace ITEM SOLD
A letter from J P Richardson to Gabe Tucker, station KRTC in Pasadena, Texas, signed as "Jape". Professionally known as The Big Bopper at this point, he was known as Jape (from the initials J P) to those close to him. Though not dated, you can get a good idea as to when this was written by the excellent specific content of the letter. He mentions his recent hit, "Chantilly Lace", released in the summer of 1958. Also mentioned is his about to be released single, though he is not sure at that point which song will be the a side, "Big Bopper's Wedding" or "Little Red Riding Hood". That single was released later that year. Letter is on Big Bopper's personal letterhead. Note the street address crossed out and replaced with a PO box number, probably in his own hand. Letter shows some wear, small tear along lower edge. Two horizontal creases from being folded when mailed. Of the three major artists who were lost on "the day the music died", the Big Bopper is probably the toughest to acquire, more so in any form other than the Big Bopper. A rare and unique piece from the early history of rock and roll. This is from the
estate of Dan (Oberholtz) Diamond, a prominent Kansas City area DJ
for decades. Besides his many years as a DJ and interviewing most
of the top musical acts of his time, Dan was also known for his
vast personal record collection.