Back in the day, whenever the Halloween Season rolled around, I distinctly remember beating the “drum” (the dash on my black ’58 Impala) to the beat of Mel Taylor’s drums on Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s Monster Mash playing on the A.M. car radio.
Luckily the song has withstood the test of time and I’ve been loving it over the years.
I made a Halloween video in 2008 with a few bars of the song as background music and have been sharing it on this popular holiday.
Uploaded on Oct 29, 2008
Have a spooky Halloween: Screaming ghosts with Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s Monster Mash recording in background.
This is the LasVegasBuffetClub’s video
Although this video is five years old, it holds up as well as Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s Monster Mash which has been around since the 60s. One of the best set of drum riffs EVER.
Mel Taylor was the longtime drummer for The Ventures from 1962 to 1996. He was the older brother of Canned Heat bassist Larry Taylor. Taylor’s obit in the NY Times said that before joining the Ventures, he was a studio drummer in L.A., and that he was the drummer on Bobby Pickett’s “Monster Mash.”
The “Monster Mash” single reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on October 20 of 1962.
The piano player on “Monster Mash” reportedly was Leon Russell, however, others report: “while pianist Leon Russell, who arrived late for the session, appears on the single’s instrumental B-side”
Bobby “Boris” Pickett: vocals, bass
Gary Paxton: guitar
Leon Russell: piano
Mel Taylor: drums
Johnny MacRae: vocals
Rickie Page: vocals
This is the entire song – added to video clips – from soulrocket’s channel.
And here’s a clip of Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s performing the song on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, October 13, 1964.