1958- D Records began operation in 1958 and like Starday, they did a substantial amount of recording at Gold Star Studios. Most of their releases featured artists who lived in and around Houston and were recorded at the studio between 1958 and 1965.
Most notably the legendary disc jockey from Beaumont, Texas, J.P. Richardson a.k.a. The Big Bopper recorded “Chantilly Lace” which went up to #6 and stayed on the charts for 25 weeks. Even though the song never made it to #1, it has sold into the millions and is a gold record many times over.
The song has also just recently achieved the BMI 3 Million airplays, which is quite an achievement. It is one of the most recognizable hits in rock’n’roll history, and has appeared in countless movies.
However, J.P. was tragically killed in the historic plane crash that also took the lives of Ritchie Valens and Buddy Holly in 1959.