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Bobby Pickett

b. Robert George Pickett, 11 February 1938, Somerville, Massachusetts, USA, d. 25 April 2007, Los Angeles, California, USA. Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett (And The Crypt-Kickers) recorded the US number 1 ‘Monster Mash’ in 1962, a song which has remained alive for decades due to perennial radio airplay each Halloween. Pickett moved to Los Angeles in 1961, upon his release from military service, hoping to become an actor. Instead, he joined a singing group called the Cordials. Pickett, an avowed fan of actor Boris Karloff, worked an impression of the horror film star into some of the group’s songs and he and the Cordials’ Leonard Capizzi wrote ‘Monster Mash’ to cash in on the dance craze launched by Dee Dee Sharp’s ‘Mashed Potato Time’ hit of 1962. Pickett was signed to Gary S. Paxton’s Garpax label and ‘Monster Mash’ (featuring a young Leon Russell on piano) worked its way to the top of the charts in time for Halloween 1962. The record later returned to the US charts twice, this time on Parrot Records, reaching number 91 in 1970 and then hitting the Top 10 for a second time three years later. It was not until 1973 that the song made any significant impact upon the UK chart, when it reached number 3 in September. It was also successfully covered by the UK act the Bonzo Bog Doo-Dah Band. In 2004, Pickett rewrote the lyrics to the song to protest President George W. Bush’s environmental policies. Pickett had two other minor US chart singles in 1962-63, including the Top 30 ‘Monster’s Holiday’, but he is indelibly linked with the classic novelty number. He also enjoyed a career in Hollywood with walk-on parts in numerous B-movies. Pickett died of leukemia in 2007.
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I love Monster Mash
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I hate love your songs and music:)
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Awsome
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Awesome song :) monster mash!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! !
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i play this in just dance2
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I love this song! !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ' ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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this songs on Parrot Records
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I loved his cover of "Smoke Smoke Smoke." And don't forget his "Star Drek," which was big on Dr. Demento, even if the rest of radio ignored it.
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Amen Absence and Jones All of Bobby Pickett's novelty songs were great, so what if only one hit the charts
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I agree with Absence Jones. Listen to Bobby 'Boris' Pickett's "It's Alive" then tell me why it wasn't a second smash Halloween hit. Great stuff.
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Aw, man, Bobby Pickett on "one his wonders"? That's lame. I mean, just listen to the Crypt Kicker's "The Original Monster Mash" album, so many great tracks: Cemetery Stomp, Blood Bank Blues, Sinister Stomp.

Yeah, his work was a little repetitive, but still, great stuff. Only a "one hit wonder" for people with a deficiency in class and taste.

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