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Bobby -Boris- Pickett, The Myth
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Famous Quotes about Bobby
"This mother is the Grandaddy of rap records, baby" Frank Sinatra
"dumbest thing I ever heard" Elvis Presley
"Bobby Pickett looks and sounds so lifelike. It's amazing!" Vincent Price
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Bobby -Boris- Pickett
It was 1962 and teen-age America still did the Twist when Bobby Pickett emerged with the Boris Karloff spoof that has since become the rock 'n' roll anthem of Halloween:
He did the Mash. ("He did the Monster Mash!")
He did the Mash. ("It was a graveyard smash!")
He did the Mash. ("It came on in a flash").

For over 46 years since, Pickett's goulish glee club has risen annually from the crypt of Golden Oldies with a fleeting bit of airplay for the ghosts, goblins and spirits of Allhallows Eve.

Over the years, Monster Mash has sold about 4 million copies, easily one of the most popular novelty records of all time.

His Karlovian imitation for Monster Mash was born when Pickett was 9 years old and spent time at the movie theater his father managed in Somerville, Mass. "I always did Boris," he said.

He used Karloff in his nightclub act in Hollywood in 1959 and 1960. And when he was part of the the group, the Cordials, he'd often slip in a few impersonations between songs. Boris was the crowd favorite. So one Saturday afternoon, he and friend Lenny Capizzi decided to write a song and they incorporated the Karloff impression into music.

They took the song to Gary Paxton, the former lead singer on "Alley Oop" and Flip of Skip and Flip (Cherry Pie), who at the time was one of the hottest young record producers in Hollywood. He coined the name of Bobby Boris Pickett and The Cryptkickers for the label credit.

Monster Mash was released three times.

It reached No.1 on October 20, 1962. It re-entered the Hot 100 eight years later, on August 29, 1970, and peaked at 91. Almost three years after that, on May 5, 1973, it made a third re-entry, and this time went all the way to number 10.

 
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Unions:
SAG
AFTRA
AEA
WGA
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Film: MONSTER MASH, THE MOVIE STRANGE INVADERS
LOBSTERMAN FROM MARS CHROME & HOT LEATHER
SISTER, SISTER IT'S A BIKINI WORLD
HOT MONEY THE DEATHMASTER
THE BABYMAKER DOUBLE TROUBLE
VITAL PARTS FRANKENSTEIN GENERAL HOSPITAL
BOOGIE WITH THE UNDEAD
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T.V.: I'VE GOT A SECRET   
(Guest) CROOK & CHASE PRIMETIME COUNTRY
MARK WALBERG SHOW DR. DEMENTO'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY
JOE FRANKLIN SHOW (COMEDY CENTRAL)
HORROR HALL OF FAME AWARDS MONSTER BASH (sync. special)
N.Y AT NIGHT AMERICAN BANDSTAND
BEAT THE ODDS TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES
STEVE ALLEN SHOW TONIGHT SHOW
THE CAROLINE RHEA SHOW
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T.V.: T.J. HOOKER DAN AUGUST
(Episodic) DR. KILDARE HEY LANDLORD
THE LIEUTENANT BONANZA
LONG HOT SUMMER DIVORCE COURT
PETTICOAT JUNCTION BEVERLY HILLBILLIES
CONCILIATOR NANCY
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THEATER DON'T TOUCH THAT DIAL - Boston RAT'S NEST - Off Broadway
KID CHAMPION - Off Broadway CINDY - Los Angeles
POTPOURRI II - Los Angeles ART'S LIFE - Off Broadway
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LIVE IN
CONCERT
GREEK THEATER (Legends Of Rock & Roll) ATLANTIC CITY
BALLY'S MGM LAS VEGAS DR. DEMENTO'S ANNIVERSARY TOUR
30 YRS OF ROCK AND ROLL LAKE TAHOE BALLY'S
LAUGHLIN MGM GRAND CHINA CLUB, N.Y.
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Appearing Throughout The World's Venues At Halloween Including:
Terror On The Wharf Salem, Ma. Usa
Madison Scare Garden Nyc,Ny Usa
  
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RECORDINGS:      CO-WROTE & PERFORMED the classic novelty hit (1962) "MONSTER MASH", recipient of three gold records, and only one of three records to ever hit the Billboard Top 100 on three occasions (1962, '70, '73). The song is played annually during October (it wakes up the astronauts on Halloween Day), it was used in the movies "Sweetheart's Dance" & "Halloween III", and has been heard on such popular T.V. shows as The Simpsons, Cheers, Rosanne, Doogie Howser, Happy Days, and Sesame Street. Original Monster Mash L.P. on CD & tape (Polygrarn Records) also available on 25 compilation CD's & tapes including Rhino & Bobby's own version - Monster Mash, the game (Parker Bros.)
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WRITING: I'M SORRY THE BRIDGE IS OUT.
YOU'LL HAVE TO SPEND THE NIGHT
A MONSTER MUSICAL (With Sheldon Allman) Published By Dramatic Publishing
FRANKENSTEIN UNBOUND (The Sequel) Published By Dramatic Publishing
MUMMIES (A Screenplay For Disney)
HARRY and EDDY, A Gothic Operetta (With Sheldon Allman) 
For additional information please contact Bobby 'Boris' Pickett's manager: Stuart Hersh at (914) 473-6856

Any and all mechanical licensing of “Monster Mash”
is handled by Cherry Lane Music, Inc. @ (212) 561-3500.


In addition, you may want to license our Monster Mash master recording!!
We “MoNsTeRoUsLy” undercut Universal Music Inc. and Rhino.


For more info e-Mail us at bpthm@themonstermash.com

 

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