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
Label Mercury
Songwriter(s) J.P. Richardson
Producer(s) Jerry Kennedy
The Big Bopper singles chronology
"Chantilly Lace"
"Little Red Riding Hood"

"Chantilly Lace" is a 1958 rock and roll song by The Big Bopper. It 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. [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]


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]


  1. ^ "The Official Website of 'The Big Bopper'". 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. Retrieved 2011-04-30.