BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #79: “MONSTER MASH”- BOBBY ‘BORIS’ PICKETT AND THE CRYPT-KICKERS- OCTOBER 20, 1962

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Billboard #1 Hits: #79: ” Monster Mash”- Bobby “Boris” Pickett and The Crypt-Kickers. October 20, 1962. #1 for 2 weeks. Released on Garpax Records. Written by Bobby Pickett and Leonard Capizzi. Genre: Novelty- pop. Time: 2:57. B-side: “Monsters Mash-Party” Grade: B.

A timely  #1 hit- for Halloween 1962- “Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett and The Crypt- Kickers. While “Werewolves Of London” is my go-to Halloween song- “Monster Mash” is probably still the most famous Halloween song- its one of those songs you know you will hear every October. Bobby Pickett was a novelty singer-songwriter born in Somerville, Massachusetts. He had 3 Top 40 hits- two of which were this song- in its original run in 1962 and then in 1973 it reentered the charts and went to #10. This other hit was “Monster’s Holiday” also in 1962- it went to #30.  Leon Russell played piano on “Monster Mash.” Pickett died in 2007 at the age of 69 of leukemia.

 

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