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We are raising money to professionally record and release 20 lost songs written by The Big Bopper. Read more

Los Angeles, CA Rock
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This project's funding goal was not reached on June 16, 2013.

We are raising money to professionally record and release 20 lost songs written by The Big Bopper.

Los Angeles, CA Rock
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Please help keep the music alive…

Don McLean wrote "American Pie" as a tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the great Big Bopper, who died tragically in a plane crash on their way to a show during their Winter Party Dance Tour on Feb 3, 1959. 

Three brilliant young musical artists were lost that day, leaving behind legacies that were cut too short. How much incredible music did the world not get to hear because of a coin flip that put them on that plane and not the tour bus?

We have a chance to imagine. In the wreckage of the plane was a briefcase. Inside the briefcase was the Big Bopper's composition notebook, with lyrics to 20 new songs - his next few albums, which he would never get to record.

We would like to take these 20 new songs (which until 1988 were in an evidence locker in a police station), hire professional artists (some A-List, as well as some up and coming artists) to write the music and record the songs, and release a compilation album of the Lost Big Bopper penned songs.

In addition to having Buzz Campbell (Sha-Na-Na, Hot Rod Lincoln, and Lee Rocker of the Stray Cats), Graham Fenton, Slim Jim Phantom (from the Stray Cats), Ray "The King of Rockabilly" Campi, and some sponsors like Steady Clothing, Legends Gold Records, already on board to help, these songs have been presented to some exciting artists like Adele, Chris Isaak, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Brian Setzer, and Elvis Costello to engage their help finishing them.

If you help us out, there are incredible rewards waiting for you:

Help us give life to these songs. We want to hire great artists to record and finish these timeless classics written by one of Americas greatest song writers who wrote three #1 hits!. Don't let the music die…

Thank you for your support.

***IF THE PROJECT OVERFUNDS:

CAN WE HIT $100,000? The more money we raise, the bigger the talent we will be able to attract. 

CAN WE HIT $1, 000,000? If so we will also produce a DOCUMENTARY about the life of the Big Bopper, the creation of this new album of lost tracks (with in-depth interviews from all the artists involved), and the story of J. P. Richardson Jr. (The Big Bopper's son - who was born three months after his father passed away) as he travels the country keeping the legacy of his father alive with the Winter Dance Party Tour (a revival band with JP performing as his father the Big Bopper, John Mueller as Buddy Holly, and Ray Anthony as Ritchie Valens. Check out their tour at www.winterdanceparty.com). 

CAN WE HIT $2,000,000?! If so then we will also stage and film a LIVE CONCERT of the new album, performed by the recording artists themselves (with a DVD release)!

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk and challenge is losing these incredible pieces of music history - the stories and the songs of the Big Bopper. Younger generations need to be told about the three mega-stars of the Winter Dance Party (Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper), their incredible influence on music, and the tragedy that took them all too soon. For those that remember that fateful day, this was like losing John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, or Michael Jackson - all of whom left before their time. Imagine a vault of unfinished music from any of these musical legends? Help keep the music alive! Support today!

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    ADMIRER - Your name in the liner notes of the final CD / album and a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the album. Your name forever etched in music history alongside Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper!

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    $5 reward

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    ENTHUSIAST - Your name in the liner notes of the final CD / album, a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the album, PLUS a giant custom-sewn digital PDF of all the lyrics to the Lost Bopper songs! Handwritten stuff, extra artwork, and rare photos!
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    DEVOTEE #2 - Your name in the liner notes of the final CD / album, a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the album, PLUS a giant custom-sewn digital PDF of all the lyrics to the Lost Bopper songs! Handwritten stuff, extra artwork, and rare photos, AND the Big Bopper will leave you (or anyone you choose, anywhere in the world, just give us the name and contact phone number) a personalized message on your voicemail - including the classic line "Hellooooo Babyyyy!"

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    Pledge $10 DEVOTEE - Your name in the liner notes of the final CD / album, all the digital downloads above, AND a digital package of the LAST 28 PHOTOS ever taken with the Big Bopper, Buddy Holly, and Ritchie Valens from their Winter Party Dance Tour (during a show in Kenosha, Wisconsin 1959… ten days before the crash). These photos rare and exclusive, shot professionally, and never before released to the public.

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    BAND WAGON - Your name in the liner notes of the final CD / album, all the digital downloads above, AND an Ivy League (Gatsby) 50's style hat (just designate your size SM, MD, LG, XLG)!

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    12 backers

    FAN - Your name in the liner notes of the final CD / album, all the digital downloads above, AND and a BACKER-EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION CD of the finished Lost Big Bopper Songs (beautifully packaged, ships anywhere in the world)!

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    7 backers

    AUDIOPHILE - Your name in the liner notes of the final CD / album, all the digital downloads above, AND a BACKER -EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION Numbered Collectable Picture Disk VINYL of the finished Lost Big Bopper Songs (beautifully packaged, ships anywhere in the world)! Listen to these great songs in glorious vintage vinyl (made by ericarecords.com)!

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    COLLECTOR - Your name in the liner notes of the final CD / album, all the digital downloads above, AND the BACKER-EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION CD of the finished Lost Big Bopper Songs (beautifully packaged, ships anywhere in the world) PLUS a DVD copy of the first music videos ever made (Bopper-vision)! Ships anywhere in the world!

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    OPENING ACT - Your name in the liner notes of the final CD / album, all the digital downloads above, AND a copy of Gary Clevenger's ‘Words Of Love 1959-2009’ - an incredible book about the lives and legacies of Buddy Holly , Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper and pilot Roger Peterson. A rare collectors item (only 20 left for sale in the world)!

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    AFICIONADO - Your name in the liner notes of the final CD / album, all the digital downloads above, AND a Limited Edition Big Bopper book by music photo archivist Alan Clark who has unearthed many NEVER BEFORE SEEN photos!

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    6 backers

    FANATIC - Your name in the liner notes of the final CD / album, all the digital downloads above, AND a Big Bopper Leopard Stripped Bowling Shirt from Steady Vintage clothes (red or black)! Ships anywhere in the world!

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    SUPER FAN - Your name in the liner notes of the final CD / album, all the digital downloads above, AND Alan Clark's four volume set of RARE Big Bopper and Buddy Holly articles and photos - four books in all!

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    FRONT ROW - Your name in the liner notes of the final CD / album, all the digital downloads above, AND a personalized 45 Gold Record (that's right, an actual 45 sized Gold Record from legendgoldrecords.com)! Do you want a Gold 45 record of Chantilly Lace by the Big Bopper? La Bamba by Ritchie Valens? Or Peggy Sue by Buddy Holly? Any song (even if you make up one) can be customized to be put on your personal gold record!

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    BACKSTAGE - Your name in the liner notes of the final CD / album, all the digital downloads above, AND a personalized LP Gold Record (that's right, an actual LP sized Gold Record from legendgoldrecords.com)! Do you want a Gold LP record of Chantilly Lace by the Big Bopper? La Bamba by Ritchie Valens? Or Peggy Sue by Buddy Holly? Any song (even if you make up one) can be customized to be put on your personal gold record!

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    OPENING ACT - Your name in the liner notes of the final CD / album, all the digital downloads above, AND 2 front row VIP tickets to the Winter Dance Party at any of their regular concert dates (flight and accommodations not included)! Check out www.winterdanceparty.com and pick the date, city, and show you want to come see!

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    HEADLINER - Your name in the liner notes of the final CD / album, all the digital downloads above, AND a jam session (or private lesson) with John "Buddy Holly" Mueller (star of the Winter Dance Party) on electric or acoustic guitar. (NOTE: John will drive anywhere within a 100 mile radius of Los Angeles or if you provide a plane ticket and hotel accommodations he will fulfill this request anywhere in the world!). Please note that the show will be acoustical unless you provide supply the "back line" drums and sound.

    OR a jam session with Ray "Ritchie Valens" Anthony from The Winter Dance Party!

    OR a meet and greet with The Big Bopper Jr. himself (He doesn't play guitar, but will sing with you accapella if you'd like).

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    MUSIC MOGUL - Your name in the liner notes of the final CD / album, all the digital downloads above, an Associate Producer credit on the album, AND a one hour phone call with the Big Bopper Jr. Hear stories straight form the Big Bopper's son (you must provide a contact phone number)!

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    MUSIC EXECUTIVE - Your name in the liner notes of the final CD / album, all the digital downloads above, an Associate Producer credit on the album, AND a private Winter Dance Party concert featuring the music of the Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens, and Buddy Holly! The WDP will come to your home to perform their concert for you and your friends (you will also have to cover travel costs - flight and one night accommodations for the band). The most amazing rockshow since man invented music will come to your house, your venue, or your party! Please note that the show will be acoustical unless you provide supply the "back line" drums and sound. Please plan on scheduling your home party in the next 12 to 18 months.

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    KING OF ROCK - Your name in the liner notes of the final CD / album, all the digital downloads above, an Associate Producer credit on the album, AND you get to take one of the Lost Big Bopper songs, write the music, record it, and you are guaranteed to have your version of the song on the final "B-Sides" CD - released with the Final CD. You will be a co-writer with J.P. Richardson (AKA The Big Bopper). Here is your chance to become a living legend and make your mark on history!

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Funding period

- (60 days)