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[CHANTILLY LACE]{1a}{1b} Written by: Jiles Perry Richardson{2} Performed by: The Big Bopper{3} First Released:{4} Single: 1958 [Length: 2:20] Album: 1958 [Length: 2:22]

{1a}"Chantilly Lace" reached #6 on the pop charts and spent 22 weeks in the national Top 40, and was the third most-played song in 1958. The song depicts a one sided telephone conversation, with a young man talking and flirting with his girfriend. The jive-talking novelty single, with somewhat suggestive lyrics, was one of the most celebrated one-hit wonders of the early rock & roll era, thanks to the Big Bopper's exuberant baritone and silly jokes.

  • {1b}Tributes and popular culture:
  • The song is featured in the movie, [True Romance] (1993), during a sex scene in a phone booth.
  • It was also heard in the movie, [American Graffiti] (1973).
  • It is mentioned in TV series, [The X-Files] (1993-2002) in the episode, "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose." Scully: "Chantilly lace?." Mulder: "You know what I like!"
  • I was featured in the animated film [Happy Feet] (2006).

{2}The Big Bopper is Jiles Perry "J.P." Richardson's stage name.

{3}Covered by: Joe Barry Big Bopper, Jr. (J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson's son.) Ivor Biggun Tommy Bruce Sam Butera C.C. Productions Ray Campi Cat Mother & the All Night News Boys Bruch Channel Che & Ray Alan Clark Roy Clark The Collins Kids The Countdown Singers Drew's Famous Charlie Gracie The Hit Crew Buddy Holly Hullujussi The Jailhous Rockers Jive Bunny & the Mastermixers Jerry Lee Lewis (#1 in 1957) Johnny Limbo Shorty Long Trini Lopez Keith Magel Gareth Marks Monsters R. Stevie Moore The Nashville Teens Louis Prima Mike Reid Jackie Robbins Rocket from the Crypt Mingo Saldivar Sha Na Na The Stools Sybersound Bobby Lee Trammell Dew Watson Wayne Weikel Joey Welz Neil Wilde et al.

{4}Released on:{*} SINGLE(s): (1)The Big Bopper A-side: "Chantilly Lace" B-side: "The Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor" (a) D Records, 7-Inch, Vinyl, 45rpm Single, #S-1008, US-1958. (b) Mercury Records, 7-Inch, Vinyl, 45rpm Single, #71343X45, US-1958. (c) Mercury Records, 10-Inch, Vinyl, 785rpm Single, #AMT.1002, UK-1958. (d) Mercury Records, 7-Inch, Vinyl, 45rpm Single, #45-AMT1002, UK-1958.

(2)The Big Bopper: A-side: "Chantilly Lace" B-side: "The Big Boppers's Wedding" (a) Mercury Records, 7-Inch, Vinyl, 45rpm Single, #C-30072, US-1958.

EP(s): (EP1)The Big Bopper: [Little Red Riding Hood] A1 "Little Red Riding Hood" A2 "Big Bopper's Wedding" B1 "Purple People Eater Meets Witch Doctor" B2 "Chantilly Lace" (a) Mercury Records, 4-Track, Vinyl, 45rpm EP, #14-208, France-1959.

ALBUM(s): (A)The Big Bopper: [Chantilly Lace] (1) Mercury Records, 10-Track, Vinyl, Mono LP, #MG-20402, US-1958. (2) Mercury Records, 10-Track, Vinyl, Mono LP, #MMC-14008, UK-1958. (3) Pickwick Records, 10-Track, Vinyl, Stereo LP, Alternate Cover, #SPC-3365, UK-1973. (4) Contour Records, 10-Track, Vinyl, Stereo LP, #6870-531, UK-1974. (5) Mercury Records, 10-Track, Vinyl, Stereo LP, #832902-1, US-1988. (6) Mercury Records, 10-Track, 5-Inch CD, #P2-32902, US-1988.

(B)The Big Bopper: [Hellooo Baby! The Best of the Big Bopper] (1) Rhino, 19-Track, Vinyl LP, #R1-70164, US-1989. (2) Rhino, 19-Track, 5-Inch CD, #R2-70164, US-1990.{5} (3) Rhino, 19-Track, Cassette, #R4-70164, US-1990.

{*}The album(s) and record(s) listed here may have different versions of the song than the one that was transcribed. Also, this list is not intended to be the complete discography on which this song appears.

{5}Transcribed from the track on this album.

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