Chantilly Lace

Album: Chantilly Lace (1958)
Charted: 12 6
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  • Hello, baby
    Yeah, this is the Big Bopper speakin'
    Ha ha ha ha ha, 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 pony tail a-hangin' down
    That wiggle in the walk
    And giggle in the talk
    Makes the world go 'round
    There ain't nothin' in the world
    Like a big-eyed girl
    That makes 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 what I like

    What's that baby, but, but, but?
    Oh honey
    Oh baby, you know what I like


    What's that, honey?
    Pick you up at eight and don't be late?
    But, baby, I ain't got no money, honey
    Ha ha ha ha ha
    Oh, all right, baby, you know what I like

    [Chorus]Writer/s: J.P. Richardson
    Publisher: Round Hill Music Big Loud Songs, BMG Rights Management, GLAD MUSIC CO., CARLIN AMERICA INC
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Comments: 19

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyI goofed!!! Mitch Ryder combined 'Chantilly Lace' with Lloyd Price's 'Personality' and his version was a medley of both songs...
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyMitch Ryder covered this song in 1968, it peaked at No. 87; Jerry Lee Lewis' 1972 version reached No. 43 on Billboard's Pop chart...
  • Marty from Lee, MaI was born 1 1/2 years after his untimly death, and still today, The Big Bopper Rocks!
  • Gilbert from La Mesa, CaI'm now 63 years old (2008). And, to prove a point, I often ask young people to "name the 3 rockers killed in that famous plane crash of 1959." No surprise, they can do it! I maintain that The Big Bopper has to be the luckiest guy in Rock history - immortalized just for being on that flight. Ask those kids if they can name another 1-hit wonder from 1959 and, of course, they can't. It's my theory that The Big Bopper RAN for that plane. Best career move he ever made. R.I.P.
  • Jose from Homestead, FlI have this record by Herb Zane on the Deluxe label named "The Man In The Phone Booth". I wonder if The Big Bopper inspired himself on this song to make "Chantilly Lace" Here's a clip of that song: ""
    Jose Lopez, Florida
  • Andrew from Birmingham, United States"Chantilly Lace" really gets me hoppin' and boppin' off my feet. Well, if I really knew how to hop and bop correctly. LOL Anyway, I reminisce about the Old Time Rock-And-Roll just like Bob Seger does. Big Bopper, you are an expert of the '50s rock-and-roll! I'd get your autograph if I could.
  • Chris from Meridian, IdThis song is also featured prominently in the 1980's comedy, "High Spirits". Steve Guttenberg is wooing Daryl Hannah, but stumped for a love poem, he recites the chorus to "Chantilly Lace".
  • Darrell from Westminster, Coi own 4 pieces of sheet music thats by The Big Bopper. it was in his briefcase and was on the plane that crashed 2-3-59. i bought it from his son and have 2 letters of Authenticity from him. I feel proud to own these. Thank you- ""
  • Bradley from Bemidji, MnThe original A-side was "The Purple People Eater Meets The Witch Doctor," which was also recorded by Joe South for the National Recording Corporation. Jerry Lee Lewis had a #1 country chart hit with this song in 1972.
  • Tim from Wertewteg, AlUncle is 'sort of' right; however, the Christian name was spelled "Jape," according to:
    And ;
    and yes, the Bopper was the first pioneer of the Music Video as we know it today.
  • Fyodor from Denver, CoAlso makes an appearance in the horror-comedy movie Parents which depicts stereotypically 1950's-esque parents--except something SEEMS to be WRONG! A fun movie, though I thought Chantilly Lace's inclusion was a bit gratuitous (the girlfriend thought it was cool, though!).
  • AnonymousI'd like to know what garment it was that the girl was wearing. Chantilly is a town North of Paris known at one time as a centre for fine lacemaking. They made cream lace and black lace. Maybe the girl was wearing a shawl? Was there anything in the late fifties that was as much a signature as the "pony tail". This was the time of the hula-hoop craze. Pony tails and the hoops have all gone. Maybe this is a reference to the girl's underwear but I doubt it at this stage in the history of pop music. Chantilly Lace is also a type of decoration for ice cream. Any better ideas? JOHN THE POET
  • Grant from Oak Park, CaAccording to the World Almanac, J P Richardson's name was Jiles Perry Richardson
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScI meant that videos became popular in 1981, not 1961.
  • Allen from Dothan, AlOn Johnny Preston's hit Running Bear that The Big Bopper Wrote, that is actually The Big Bopper and George Jones making the Indian sounds in the background!
  • Wes from Springfield, VaI have always thought there was something a bit lascivious about the Bopper's comments to his girlfriend on the phone. Makes me wonder what on earth she was telling him.
  • Stefanie Magura from Rock Hill, ScIf The big Bopper was doing music videos for his songs, then he was light years ahead of his time! Most artists didn't start doing music videos until the '60's. In facts, "Day Tripper', Inthink, is considered to be one of the first ones. I don't know though. Besides, music videos didn't become popular until 1961, when MTV went on the air.
  • Annabelle from Eugene, OrActually, Factually, and by Law of the Government, the Big Bopper's given name was Jiles Perry Richardson, That's what JP Stands For.
  • Uncle from Philly, PaTo clear up a popular misconception....many people think that The Big Bopper's real name was J. P. Richardson. In fact, his real name was Jaype Richardson. That's the way he signed it. Pronounced JP but spelled out as a name, Jaype.
    Not fiction, but fact from Uncle's Almanac.
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