Chantilly Lace (song)
|Single by The Big Bopper|
|from the album Chantilly Lace|
|B-side||"The Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor"|
|Genre||Rock and roll|
|The Big Bopper singles chronology|
"Chantilly Lace" is the name of a rock and roll song written by Jerry Foster, Bill Rice, and Jiles Perry "The Big Bopper" Richardson, the last of whom released the song in August 1958. The single was produced by Jerry Kennedy.
Originally cut for Pappy Daily's D label, the recording was purchased by Mercury Records and released in the summer of 1958, just over six months after Chuck Berry released "Sweet Little Sixteen," which uses the same chord progression. The song reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent 22 weeks on the national Top 40. It was the third most played song of 1958. On the Cash Box chart, "Chantilly Lace" reached number four.
Jerry Lee Lewis version
The song is about a young man flirting with his girlfriend on the telephone, including:
The song begins with the sound of a telephone ringing, and is answered by the Big Bopper shouting:
The "Hello Baby" motif was also used in the Big Bopper's followup song "Big Bopper's Wedding", where he notices the Bridesmaids before the impatient preacher demands that the Big Bopper answer the question: "Do you or Don't you take this woman"?
Responses, cover versions, and samples
Bopper 486609 - Donna Dameron ( Dart 113 -1959), was an answer record. Donna Dameron was rumoured to be The Big Bopper's mother, Elsie Richardson.
The phrase, "Oh Baby You Know What I Like," said in falsetto by Richardson in "Chantilly Lace," was sampled by DJs project Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers with the music collage track, "That's What I Like," which included samples from Jerry Lee Lewis, Chubby Checker, The Surfaris, The Ventures, and other rock and roll singers and bands from late 1950s to early 1960s scene.
R. Stevie Moore recorded a punk rock version in 1980.
Composer Clark Gassman used the song as the basis for the theme song to the 1991 cartoon show Wish Kid.
The Re-Bops recorded a Christmas cover version in 1995 their album Oldies for a Cool Christmas. Some lyrics were changed to make it related to Christmas. The song is instead about children asking Santa for a doll.
Uses in Commercials
- The song was used in a 1990 Velveeta Shreds commercial in a performance, Velveeta vs. Cheddar.
- "The Official Website of 'The Big Bopper'". Officialbigbopper.com. Archived from the original on 2008-06-16. Retrieved 2008-09-02.
- Cash Box Top 100 Singles, October 25, 1958
- US catalogue no.: Mercury 73273; the flip side was "Think About It Darlin'."
- Roland, Tom: The Billboard Book Of Number One Country Hits. New York City / New York: Billboard Books; London: Guinness Publishing Ltd., 1991, p. 66
- The single peaked at No.43; Whitburn, Joel: Top Pop Singles 1955-1993. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Ltd., 1994, p. 355
- UK catalogue no.: Mercury 6052 131; the single reached No.33 und stayed for five weeks in the charts; Rice, Jo / Rice, Tim / Gambacini, Paul / Read, Mike: The Guinness Book Of The Hits Of The 70s. London: Guinness Superlatives Ltd., 1980, p. 101
- Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 14 - Big Rock Candy Mountain: Rock 'n' roll in the late fifties. [Part 4] : UNT Digital Library" (audio). Pop Chronicles. Digital.library.unt.edu. Retrieved 2011-04-30.
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- "Oldies for a Cool Christmas by The Re-Bops on Apple Music". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2017-11-29.