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  posted on 1/7/2009 at 08:00 AM
These days, you really can buy anything on eBay, including the casket that housed J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson for nearly 50 years in a Beaumont, Texas, cemetery.

The Richardson family is auctioning off the rocker’s former resting place in order to raise money to fund a musical tribute show honoring the Big Bopper, according to the Beaumont Enterprise.

Following a 2007 exhumation and autopsy of the singer’s body, Richardson was reburied in a new casket at a new site, and the old casket was put on display at the Texas Musician’s Museum.

The museum will receive a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the casket, which director Tom Kreason called a “priceless” artifact that represents the historic day, Feb. 3, 1959, when rock ’n’ roll lost three stars in a plane crash – Richardson, Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens.

“We gave it a name,” Kreason told the Enterprise. “We called it ‘the day the music died’ and there’s no title bestowed on any other tragic days since. No one knew, then, what was being created. This [casket] is very symbolic of how we lost three incredible artists, but it’s also a statement about what we’ve lost with many other artists too.”

 

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  posted on 1/7/2009 at 08:06 AM
Yeah that is creepy!

 

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  posted on 1/7/2009 at 08:10 AM
Autopsy? It was a PLANE CRASH, for cryin' out loud!

 

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  posted on 1/7/2009 at 09:53 AM
I was curious about the autopsy too. I found this on Wikipedia.
Richardson was survived by his wife and four year-old daughter. His son, Jay Perry Richardson, was born two months later in April 1959. At the time of his death, Richardson had been building a recording studio in his home in Beaumont, Texas, and was also planning to invest in the ownership of a radio station. He had written 20 new songs he planned to record himself or with other artists. Richardson's son, Jay Richardson, took up a musical career and is known professionally as "The Big Bopper, Jr." He has performed all around the world. Notably, he has toured on the "Winter Dance Party" tour with Buddy Holly impersonator John Mueller on some of the same stages as his father performed. In January 2007, Richardson's son Jay requested that his father's body be exhumed and an autopsy be performed to settle the rumors that a gun was fired or that Richardson initially survived the crash . The autopsy was performed by Dr. Bill Bass, a forensic anthropologist at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Jay was present with Dr. Bass throughout the entire autopsy and observed as the casket was opened; both men were surprised to find the remains well enough preserved to be recognizable as those of the late rock star. "Dad still amazes me 48 years after his death, that he was in remarkable shape," Richardson told the Associated Press. "I surprised myself. I handled it better than I thought I would." Dr. Bass' findings indicated there were no signs of foul play. He was quoted as saying "There are fractures from head to toe. Massive fractures. ... (Richardson) died immediately. He didn't crawl away. He didn't walk away from the plane." After the autopsy, Richardson's body was placed in a new casket made by the same company as the original, then was reburied next to his wife in Beaumont's Forest Lawn Cemetery. Jay then allowed the old casket to be put on display at the Texas Musician's Museum. In December 2008, Jay Richardson announced that he would be placing the old casket up for auction on ebay. The Texas Musician's Museum will receive a share of the profits.

 

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  posted on 1/7/2009 at 09:53 AM
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Autopsy? It was a PLANE CRASH, for cryin' out loud!



You have to research these things Rusty.

In January 2007, Richardson's son Jay requested that his father's body be exhumed and an autopsy be performed to settle the rumors that a gun was fired or that Richardson initially survived the crash . The autopsy was performed by Dr. Bill Bass, a forensic anthropologist at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Jay was present with Dr. Bass throughout the entire autopsy and observed as the casket was opened; both men were surprised to find the remains well enough preserved to be recognizable as those of the late rock star. "Dad still amazes me 48 years after his death, that he was in remarkable shape," Richardson told the Associated Press. "I surprised myself. I handled it better than I thought I would."

Dr. Bass' findings indicated there were no signs of foul play. He was quoted as saying "There are fractures from head to toe. Massive fractures. ... (Richardson) died immediately. He didn't crawl away. He didn't walk away from the plane."

After the autopsy, Richardson's body was placed in a new casket made by the same company as the original, then was reburied next to his wife in Beaumont's Forest Lawn Cemetery. Jay then allowed the old casket to be put on display at the Texas Musician's Museum.

In December 2008, Jay Richardson announced that he would be placing the old casket up for auction on ebay. The Texas Musician's Museum will receive a share of the profits.

 

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  posted on 1/7/2009 at 09:57 AM
That is strange Kenny! Look at the time we both posted!

 

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  posted on 1/7/2009 at 02:25 PM
The Big Bopper's casket..................I wonder how kinky Amy Winehouse would be because it might be fun to......

 

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  posted on 1/7/2009 at 03:07 PM
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The Big Bopper's casket..................I wonder how kinky Amy Winehouse would be because it might be fun to......


Derek, are you an Amy Winehouse fan or do you just want to ... Bopper?

 

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  posted on 1/7/2009 at 03:22 PM
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Yeah that is creepy!
I understand that Michael Jackson currently holds winning bid...

 

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  posted on 1/7/2009 at 04:21 PM
Some years ago someone was selling Jaimo's gold teeth on e-bay.
 

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  posted on 1/7/2009 at 10:12 PM
All creepeiness aside, the Winter Dance Party Tribute show is very good. You should check it out if you like Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper.

I saw it last year in Norwell, MA and met Jay Richardson after the show. He seemed like a real nice guy who enjoys paying tribute to his Dad, but the real draw is the fantastic performance by John Mueller as Buddy Holly (who was only 21 or 22 when he died I think). If (like it was for me) this music is a little before your time, you have to check this out so you can appreciate what all the fuss was about. Much like Duane Allman and a slew of others, Buddy Holly managed to create a whole lot of great music in a very short time. Ritchie Valens (who was only 18) is great too. Jay does the whole Chantilly Lace thing, and a few others that were quite good as well.

Notice that they are playing the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, IA where the originals played their last show. I think Mueller has the support of just about everyone associated with Holly and his story.

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JANUARY 16
Willowbrook Ballroom
8900 S. Archer Ave.
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JANUARY 17
Pike Performing Arts Center
6701 Zionsville Rd
Indianapolis, IN
317-216-5432
http://www.pikepac.org

JANUARY 18
Sheffer Music Hall
George E. Potter Center
Jackson Community College
2111 Emmons Road
Jackson, MI 49201
517-796-8600
http://www.jccmi.edu/events

JANUARY 21
Madrigrano Marina Shores (Formerly Eagles Club)
Original 1959 Winter Dance Party Ballroom
302 58th Street
Kenosha, WI
Tickets avail locally at:
Super Valu, 3401 80th Street, Kenosha
or by phone or internet at:
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JANUARY 22
Blesch Auditorium
1200 Eleventh Ave
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Riverside Ballroom
Original 1959 Winter Dance Party Ballroom
1560 Main St.
Green Bay, WI
920-432-5518
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South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center
901 15th Ave.
South Milwaukee, WI
414-766-5049
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JANUARY 25
Schauer Center
147 N. Rural St.
Hartford, WI
262-670-0560
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JANUARY 29
The State Theatre
316 Eau Claire St.
Eau Claire, WI
715-832-2787
http://www.eauclairearts.com

JANUARY 30
The Surf Ballroom
Original 1959 Winter Dance Party Ballroom
460 No. Shore Dr.
Clear Lake, IA
641-357-6151
http://www.surfballroom.com

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The Laramar Ballroom
Original 1959 Winter Dance Party Ballroom
710 1st Ave. North
Ft. Dodge, IA
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or by phone or internet at:
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Bloomington Center for the Arts
107 East Chestnut St.
Bloomington, IL
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Hoogland Center for the Arts
420 S. 6th Street, Springfield, IL
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Chester Fritz Auditorium
University of North Dakota
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Grand Forks, ND
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Mississippi Ave and Boardwalk
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Turlock, CA
209-668-1169
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Pennsylvania and Carnegie Avenues
Mt. Gretna, PA 17064
717-964-3322
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