“Chantilly Lace” by The Big Bopper - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1959Album Chart of the Decade: 1950s

TJR says

At the time of his death Big Bopper had quite a lot “in the can”, as demonstrated here on his one and only LP, issued by Mercury in March 1959 - just a matter of weeks after he had tragically died, aged just 28, in a plane crash. The title-track had been released back in July 1958 and “Big Bopper’s Wedding / Little Red Riding Hood” had been a single in November 1958. Apart from these, there were nine tracks newly revealed, including the classic “White Lightning”. The sad background to the album’s release is completely at odds with the feel-good factor within, for the Bopper was surely the top dog in “character” Rock n Roll, and there was no place for moping in his world. Who can resist smiling at “Makes me feel real loose, like a long-necked goose” or “And there’s your Daddy sittin’ over there with a big shotgun over his lap, and a big ugly smile on his face, and the man keeps sayin’: “Are You Gonna Take This Woman Or Aint Ya”?” or “Well I asked my pappy why call it brew, White lightning, ’stead of mountain dew. I took on sip and then I knew, As my eyes bugged out and my face turned blue. Mighty, mighty pleasin’, my pappy’s corn squeezin’, White Lightning”. The big man was a one-off. And this album stands as his great send-off…

The Jukebox Rebel
01–Dec–2011

Tracklist
A1 [02:20] 9.2.png The Big Bopper - Chantilly Lace (Jiles Perry Richardson) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
A2 [02:02] 6.3.png The Big Bopper - Pink Petticoats (Jiles Perry Richardson) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
A3 [02:24] 7.1.png The Big Bopper - The Clock (Jiles Perry Richardson) Rock n Roll Ballad
A4 [02:13] 6.8.png The Big Bopper - Walking Thru My Dreams (Jiles Perry Richardson) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
A5 [02:29] 5.2.png The Big Bopper - Someone Watching Over You (Jiles Perry Richardson) Crooner / Cabaret
A6 [02:10] 7.1.png The Big Bopper - Old Maid (Jiles Perry Richardson) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
B1 [02:07] 8.4.png The Big Bopper - Big Bopper’s Wedding (Jiles Perry Richardson) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
B2 [02:08] 6.7.png The Big Bopper - Little Red Riding Hood (Jiles Perry Richardson) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
B3 [02:19] 6.2.png The Big Bopper - Preacher And The Bear (Jiles Perry Richardson) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
B4 [02:13] 7.0.png The Big Bopper - It’s The Truth Ruth (Jiles Perry Richardson) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
B5 [02:13] 9.6.png The Big Bopper - White Lightning (Jiles Perry Richardson) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
B6 [01:57] 6.9.png The Big Bopper - Strange Kisses (Jiles Perry Richardson) Rock n Roll Ballad

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