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“Monster Mash” by Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers Hits No. 1

Oct. 20, 1962 - Taking the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 today — and just in time for Halloween — is the novelty song “Monster Mash,” recorded by Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers. Pickett was an aspiring actor who sang with a band called The Cordials. One night while performing, he did a monologue in imitation of horror actor Boris Karloff. The audience loved it, and he and fellow band member Lenny Capizzi were inspired to compose "Monster Mash.” The song is narrated by a mad scientist whose monster rises from his lab to perform a new dance. The dance becomes “the hit of the land” when the scientist throws a party for other monsters, among them The Wolfman, Igor, Count Dracula, and Dracula’s son.


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