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Monster Mash – Bobby Boris Pickett

Monster Mash by Bobby Boris PickettHalloween is one of the greatest American holidays. “Monster Mash” is one of the greatest one-hit wonders.

Except it’s not.

“Monster Mash” actually charted on the Billboard Top 40 two separate times in two separate years. With eleven years between the hits.

The first time is 1962 when the novelty song was first released and “Monster Mash” reached #1 on the Billboard Top 40. Listeners lapped up the Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi references and the song became a graveyard smash.

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Eleven years later, Pickett re-released the same mix as the 1962 version and “Monster Mash” climbed yet again to #10 on the Billboard Top 40.

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That’s two trips up the Billboard Top 40 with the same song. Not many artists can make that claim.

And though I’m saying that “Monster Mash” is not a one-hit wonder, it’s not because “Monster Mash” is a two-time charting hit. No, it’s because in 1962, Pickett and The Cyrpt-Kickers charted with their blatant rip-off of “Monster Mash” with “Monster’s Holiday.” A holiday hit that is largely forgotten today.

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But “Monster Mash” lives on every Halloween season, perhaps becoming the mother of all novelty songs in the process. It was the first single I ever owned and I love it as much today as I did as a kid. What kid doesn’t love “Monster Mash?”

As for Bobby Boris Pickett, he went on to a life of novelty hits and middling fame and died in 2007. But he is fondly remembered for his one big hit that Americans have turned into the Halloween national anthem.

Rest in peace, Bobby.

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One Response to "Monster Mash – Bobby Boris Pickett"

  1. Jim Barton says:

    Thank Dr. Demento for keeping “Monster Mash” in the public eye for so many years, as every year at Halloween, he would play it. I wonder what ever happened to him?

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