Lot #484
Big Bopper Handwritten Lyrics

Bopper sings the blues: “Memories got me felling way down low”

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Estimate: $1000+


Bopper sings the blues: “Memories got me felling way down low”

Stage name of J. P. Richardson (1930-1959) whose big voice and exuberant personality made him an early rock and roll star. He tragically died in a plane crash along with fellow musicians Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. Handwritten lyrics, unsigned, one lined page, 3.25 x 6.5, no date. The Big Bopper pens the lyrics to an apparently unpublished song entitled "Dim Dim Lights, (Music Soft & Slow)." In part (spelling and grammar retained): "Dim, Dim Lights Music soft & slow / Memories got me felling [sic] way down low / People around me / a laughin and a dancing / But I keep thinking / of Past romancing." Handsomely double-matted and framed with two images to an overall size of 15.25 x 22. In fine condition. Although this song went unrecorded, it was probably inspired by-or served as the inspiration for-early rock and roller Bill Haley's 1955 hit, 'Dim, Dim the Lights, (I Want Some Atmosphere).' A very bold, clean example of the Big Bopper's songwriting talents. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA and a full letter of authenticity from REAL. The James Collings Collection.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #587 - Ended July 08, 2020

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