On February 3rd 1959,  J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson died in an airplane crash along with Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens.  It was truly "The day the music died".

Artist Ron Petitt has been commissioned to create a life size bronze sculpture of The Big Bopper.   Ron is working closely with Jay (Big Bopper Jr.) Richardson to insure this tribute to his father captures the true spirit of the Big Bopper for generations to come.

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A 12" model of the proposed life size bronze sculpture of The Big Bopper. 
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Jay Richardson       Artist Ron Petitt    Singer Bobby Vee

On September 23rd 2006 a Texas State Historical Marker was dedicated honoring the contributions that J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson made to the music industry.  The Marker was placed at his gravesite at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Beaumont Texas.