" 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.
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
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