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"Chantilly Lace" is the name of a rock and roll song, written and originally performed by The Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson) in 1958.Originally cut for Pappy Daily's D label. Mercury bought the recording and released it in the summer of 1958,becoming a massive hit (mostly on pop, with regional country music appeal). A 1972 version by Jerry Lee Lewis was also a No. 1 hit on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart.

The song depicts one side of a flirting telephone conversation, with a young man talking about what he likes about his girlfriend, including:
Chantilly lace and a pretty face

And a pony tail hanging down

That wiggle in the walk and giggle in the talk

Makes the world go 'round


The song reached #6 on the pop charts and spent 22 weeks on the national Top 40. It was the third most played song of 1958.

"Chantilly Lace" inspired an answer song by Jayne Mansfield titled "That Makes It" based on what the girl may have been saying at the other end of the line.

Covers

  • Rocket from the Crypt recorded a semi-cover called "Chantilly Face". It appears on the album All Systems Go and features RFTC singer Speedo talking over the phone, answering the Big Bopper's questions and playing guitar over the chorus.
  • Jerry Lee Lewis recorded a version which went to the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart in 1972.
  • Ivor Biggun performed a cover on his More Fruity Bits! The Rest of Ivor Biggun, Vol. 2 album, albeit with changed dialogue between verses.
  • Mitch Ryder paired the song with "(You've Got) Personality" in 1967. It reached #87 on the U.S. pop charts when released as a single. The song is available on the Mitch Ryder Rhino Hi-Five EP, Volume 2.
  • A popular R & B cover of Chantilly Lace was recorded by Frederick Earl "Shorty" Long and released in 1967 by the Motown Soul label.
  • R. Stevie Moore recorded a low-fi pop version in 1980.


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