‘Chantilly Lace’ is an iconic classic in the history of Rock and Roll written by Jiles Perry "The Big Bopper" Richardson, who released the song in August 1958, originally titled ‘That’s What I Like’. The Big Bopper pretends to have a flirting, phone conversation with his girlfriend, presenting an exaggerated, but good-natured caricature of a ladies' man.The song begins with the sound of a telephone ringing, and is answered by the Big Bopper proclaiming: "HELLOOOOO BAAABY; Yeah this is The Big Bopper speakin’" And follows up with one of the most memorable catch phrases of the 50’s “Oh Baby, you KNOW what I LIKE!!!” The song reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent 22 weeks on the national Top 40. It was the 3rd most played song of 1958. On the Cash Box chart, ‘Chantilly Lace’ reached #4. The Big Bopper was a musician, singer and songwriter whose rockabilly look, style, voice, and exuberant personality made him an early rock and rollstar. ‘Chantilly Lace’ is his signature song!
On February 3, 1959, on a concert tour, the 29 year old Richardson died in a plane crash in Clear Lake, Iowa, along with music stars Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. The accident was famously referred to as "The Day the Music Died”.
Here are original hand written and signed lyrics by J.P.Richardson, aka The Big Bopper, for Chantilly Lace.