He Did The Mash
Just got the sad news that the creator of the famous ‘Monster Mash’ song passed away earlier today.
Born Robert George Pickett in 1938, he would find fame about two decades later as a one-hit-wonder musician under the name Bobby “Boris” Pickett.
It was in 1962 that he co-wrote and performed the classic novelty song, “Monster Mash,” performing the song using an impersonation of veteran horror film stars Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi (the latter only in the one line “Whatever happened to my Transylvania Twist?”).
The song, credited to “Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers,” would go on to become a million seller, as well as reaching the coveted number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song re-entered the U.S. charts twice, in 1970, and again in 1973 when it again reached the number one spot.
Thanks for the memories, Boris! ‘The Monster Mash’ will live forever!
I found this great live performance of Bobby doing his ‘Monster Mash’ in 2005! Enjoy!