“When I hear Monster Mash on the radio,
I hear a cash register ringing.”
Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without music. One of my favorites is Bobby Pickett’s Monster Mash which he co-wrote and performed first in 1962.
Robert George Pickett was an American singer who found fame under the name Bobby “Boris” Pickett. He was born in Somerville, Massachusetts on February 11, 1938. His father was a theater manager, and as a nine-year-old Bobby enjoyed watching horror films. He would later incorporate impressions of them in his Hollywood nightclub act in 1959.
Monster Mash was a spoof on the dance crazes popular at the time, including the Twist and the Mashed Potato, which inspired the title. The song featured Pickett’s impersonations of veteran horror stars Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi (the latter with the line “Whatever happened to my Transylvania Twist?”).
Most of us are familiar with the song, Monster Mash but most aren’t familiar with the song writer, Bobby Pickett.