Top Halloween Billboard #2 1962 – Monster Mash by Bobbie “Boris” Picket & The Crypt-Kickers

1962 – a song popular in this month – Monster Mash by Bobbie “Boris” Picket & The Crypt-Kickers

Pickett was a nightclub entertainer who performed with a group called The Cordials. He wrote “Monster Mash” with his friend Lenny Capizzi.

Interesting facts about Monster Mash & Bobbie “Boris” Picket & The Crypt-Kickers

The lyrics are based on the story of Frankenstein, which started as a 1818 novel by Mary Shelley and evolved into various film adaptations.

Pickett is imitating Boris Karloff, but is narrating the story as Dr. Frankenstein, not the monster that Karloff famously portrayed.

This is a dance song based on the “Mashed Potato” dance craze, which is where The “Mash” in the title comes in.

The original title was “Monster Twist” in an attempt to jump on the Twist craze, but that fad was fading so they tried calling it “Monster Mashed Potato,” then settled on “Monster Mash.”

This is arguably the most successful novelty song of all time. Bobby Pickett accomplished the rare feat of reaching the top 100 music chart three times with the same song. On October 20, 1962, the original release hit #1 in the US. The song re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 on August 29, 1970 peaking at #91, and then again on May 5, 1972 when it went all the way to #10. The song has sold over four million copies and continues to be a Halloween favorite.

This information was provided by Songfacts.com

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