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Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers

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This Week’s One-Hit Wonder (OHW) is ‘The Monster Mash’ (#1 1973) by Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett & The Crypt Kickers. The song was a U.S. No. 1 when originally released in 1962 and has been a Halloween favourite 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 . The audience loved it, and fellow band member Lenny Capizzi encouraged Pickett to do more with the Karloff imitation. The pianist is the great Leon Russell.


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