Chantilly Lace (song)

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"Chantilly Lace"
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Single by The Big Bopper
from the album Chantilly Lace
B-side"The Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor"
ReleasedAugust 1958
Genre Rock and roll
Length2:20
Label Mercury
Songwriter(s) J.P. Richardson
Producer(s) Jerry Kennedy
The Big Bopper singles chronology
"Chantilly Lace"
(1958)
"Little Red Riding Hood"
(1958)

"Chantilly Lace" is a 1958 rock and roll song by The Big Bopper. It was produced by Jerry Kennedy.

History

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. [1] On the Cash Box chart, "Chantilly Lace" reached #4. [2]

Jerry Lee Lewis version

A 1972 version by Jerry Lee Lewis [3] was for three weeks a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart [4] and a top fifty pop hit in the US [5] and a Top 40 pop hit in the UK. [6]

Lyrics

The song depicts a young man flirting with his girlfriend on the telephone and listing things about her that he likes, including:

Chantilly lace and a pretty face
And a pony tail hangin' down
A wiggle in her walk and a giggle in her talk
Make the world go 'round. [7]

References

  1. ^ "The Official Website of 'The Big Bopper'". Officialbigbopper.com. Archived from the original on 2008-06-16. Retrieved 2008-09-02.
  2. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 Singles, October 25, 1958". Archived from the original on August 14, 2014. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  3. ^ US catalogue no.: Mercury 73273; the flip side was "Think About It Darlin'."
  4. ^ Roland, Tom: The Billboard Book Of Number One Country Hits. New York City / New York: Billboard Books; London: Guinness Publishing Ltd., 1991, p. 66
  5. ^ The single peaked at No.43; Whitburn, Joel: Top Pop Singles 1955-1993. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Ltd., 1994, p. 355
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ 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.