Memorial set for son of 'The Big Bopper' in Houston

August 23, 2013 4:22:47 AM PDT
A memorial service has been scheduled for the son of J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, who spent his life tending the legacy of his early rock-and-roll performing father.

The memorial is scheduled in Houston for Jay Perry Richardson. A statement from Austin-area music collector Randy Steele, a friend of the Katy resident, says the memorial will be at 12:30 p.m. Aug. 31 at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home.

Steele says Richardson died Wednesday at a Houston hospital after a long illness. He was 54.

His father, "The Big Bopper," recorded the hit single "Chantilly Lace" before he died with fellow rock-and-roll stars Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens in the crash of a small plane in February 1959 in Clear Lake, Iowa. Also killed in the crash was pilot Roger Peterson.

Take ABC13 with you!
Download our free apps for iPhone, iPad and Android devices