“Monster Mash” is a 1962 novelty song by Bobby “Boris” Pickett. The song was released as a single on Gary S. Paxton’s Garpax Records label in August 1962 along with a full-length LP called The Original Monster Mash, which contained several other monster-themed tunes. The “Monster Mash” single was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on October 20–27 of that year, just before Halloween. It has been a perennial Halloween favorite ever since.
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Monster Mash · Bobby “Boris” Pickett · The Crypt-Kickers
The Original Monster Mash
℗ 1962 Decca Music Group Limited
Released on: 1991-01-01
Producer: Gary S. Paxton
Producer: Gary Paxton
Composer Lyricist: Leonard Capizzi
Composer Lyricist: Bobby “Boris” Pickett
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.
Monster Mash” is a 1962 novelty song and the best-known song by Bobby “Boris” Pickett. The song was released as a single on Gary S. Paxton’s Garpax Records label in August 1962 along with a full-length LP called The Original Monster Mash, which contained several other monster-themed tunes. The “Monster Mash” single reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on October 20 of that year, just in time for Halloween. It has been a perennial holiday favorite ever since read more from WIKI
This video is from LasVegasBuffetClub.Com. The screaming ghosts and bones in chains video was produced in a cold basement – Halloween 2008.
The classic tune is Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s Monster Mash, from 1962. “The “Monster Mash” single reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on October 20 of that year, just in time for Halloween. It has been a perennial holiday favorite ever since.” – Wiki
*”When I was in high school cruising in my ’58 on a Saturday night, I was knocked out by the drumming in this tune; it still holds up after all these years!” WC
Pickett was an aspiring actor who sang with a band called The Cordials at night while going to auditions during the day. One night, while performing with his band, Pickett did a monologue in imitation of horror movie actor Boris Karloff while performing The Diamonds’, “Little Darlin'”. The audience loved it and fellow band member Lenny Capizzi encouraged Pickett to do more with the Karloff imitation.
Pickett and Capizzi composed “Monster Mash” and recorded it with Gary S. Paxton, Leon Russell, Johnny McCrae, Rickie Page, and Terry Berg, credited as “The Crypt-Kickers”. The song was partially inspired by Paxton’s earlier novelty hit “Alley Oop”, as well as by the Mashed Potato dance craze of the era. A variation on the Mashed Potato was danced to “Monster Mash”, in which the footwork was the same but monster gestures were made with the arms and hands. *Mel Taylor, drummer for The Ventures claimed to play on this, and that fact is repeated many places, including Taylor’s N.Y. Times obituary.
The song is narrated by a mad scientist whose monster, late one evening, rises from a slab to perform a new dance. The dance becomes “the hit of the land” when the scientist throws a party for other monsters. The producers came up with several low-budget but effective sound effects for the recording. For example, the sound of a coffin opening was imitated by a rusty nail being pulled out of a board. The sound of a cauldron bubbling was actually water being bubbled through a straw, and the chains rattling were simply chains being dropped on a tile floor. Pickett also impersonated horror film actor Bela Lugosi as Dracula with the lyric “Whatever happened to my Transylvania Twist?” Wikipedia
The next video includes the entire Monster Mash song (with a few minor embellishments) by Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt Kickers. The accompanying video from YouTube is from SoulRocket’s channel.