Big Bopper's 'Big' Casket a Macabre Marketable on eBay
Rock 'n' roll's most macabre historical artifact will go on the block when the family of the late 1950s pop star J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson auctions his casket on eBay sometime in the next few weeks - almost 50 years after "the day the music died."
The casket was exhumed last year from his original grave in Beaumont, Texas so it could be moved to a more visible location with a historic marker. On February 3, 1959, JP Richardson died at age 28 in a small plane crash that also killed Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens.
The Big Bopper died right as he was hitting the big time. The happy-go-lucky Texas deejay in a leopard-skin jacket would sell a million records but never see a dime from his greatest hit, "Chantilly Lace," a two-minute 1959 novelty song that is both innocent and suggestive.