Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Bobby "Boris" Pickett



Above is "Monster Holiday" by Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers from an LP "Monster Mash" on the London label that was released in 1973.

Here's what Wikipedia has to say about him-

"Bobby "Boris" Pickett (born Robert George Pickett, February 11, 1938, in Somerville, Massachusetts) is a musician and actor, best known for singing and co-writing the 1962 hit novelty song "Monster Mash". Pickett performed the track in an impersonation of veteran horror film stars Boris Karloff, and Bela Lugosi (as in the line "Whatever happened to my Transylvania Twist?").
Bobby Pickett co-wrote the song along with Leonard Capizzi. It became a million seller, as well as reaching Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was styled as being by Bobby "Boris" Pickett & The Crypt-Kicker 5. In Britain it took until October 1973 for the tune to become popular, but it then pinnacled at Number 3 in the UK singles chart.
A Christmas themed follow-up, "Monster's Holiday", was also released in 1962 and became a minor hit.
In October 2005, Pickett protested inaction on global warming by releasing "Climate Mash", a new version of his hit single."

Discover more about Bobby "Boris" Pickett HERE.


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4 comments:

DZONDZON said...

Thanks for these Bobby Pickett tunes. When his big single was being played on the radio, I was a feckless youth, and a devoted monster fan. All things monster were very popular in the early sixties. The notes say the record was released in England in 1973. Was it just this particular release? Didn't it get play as a single in the 60's Monster Mash was perhaps the ultimate novelty song of our generation.
Oh yeah, those Billy Costello songs were great too. The sound of Popeye's voice has fans of many generations.
I've relatively recently been visiting your blog. The unique material you consistantly post has made it a favorite of mine.

michael said...

Thanks for dropping by dzondzon. I remember Monster Mash on the radio a lot on 1962 in the U.K. but not sure how well it did in the charts. In 1973 I was living in France so don't recall it being a hit then either. I dont think he had much success with any follow-up records as far as I can tell.
Appreciate your positive comments.

Jon said...

I remember the MOnster mash (in its 1973 incarantion!!) - great to hear tihs versino - it's not really much different from the first hit, is it?!

michael said...

It's the same version i think Jon- just given a few jolts in the old electrodes!