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Robert George Pickett February 11, — April 25,known also by the name Bobby " Boris " Pickettwas an American singer, songwriter, actor and comedian known for co-writing and performing the hit novelty song " Monster Mash.
Pickett was born in Somerville, Massachusetts on February 11, He would later incorporate impressions of them in his Hollywood nightclub act in An aspiring actor, Pickett began his musical career as a vocalist for Oh, Jim - Lou Reed - Golden Collection local swing band 'Darren Bailes and The Wolf Eaters'.
Pickett served in the United States Army from March 9, to March 13, and was stationed in Korea for an unknown period of time. The song was a spoof on the dance crazes popular at the Bobby (Boris) Pickett And The Crypt-Kickers - Monster Mashincluding the Twist and the Mashed Potatowhich 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?
It was passed on by every major record label, but after hearing the song, Gary S. Paxton agreed to produce and engineer it; among the musicians who played on it was pianist Leon Russell. Issued on Paxton's Garpax Recordsthe single became a million seller, reaching 1 on the Billboard Hot chart for two weeks before Halloween in The track re-entered the U. Another of Pickett's songs, "Graduation Day", made 80 in June Inwith American culture experiencing a growing awareness of rap music, Pickett released "Monster Rap", which describes the mad scientist's frustration at being unable to teach the dancing monster from "Monster Mash" how to talk.
The problem is solved when he teaches the monster to rap. InPickett recorded a novelty spoof on Star Trek called "Star Drek" with Peter Ferraraagain performing some of Bobby (Boris) Pickett And The Crypt-Kickers - Monster Mash various voices, which was played on Dr.
Demento 's radio show for many years. He also performed a duet with Ferrara in titled "King Kong Your Song " spoofing the movie by the same name that was released that year. In the early s a musical "sequel" to "Monster Mash" called "Monster Rap" was released, which featured Pickett teaching the creature to speak through "rapping".
Though not nearly as popular as the original "Monster Mash", it once again found a reasonable following with the Dr. Demento fanbase. InPickett wrote and performed "It's Alive", another sequel of sorts to the Nat King Cole - Lester Young - The Historical Jazz Session "Mash" song.
It did not chart but was played occasionally on the Demento show. In OctoberPickett protested inaction on the United States government's part towards global warming by releasing "Climate Mash", a new version of his hit single. Chris Christensen had formed Nico Records. It has been produced by local theaters around the U. They followed it up later with another musical, Frankenstein Unbound. He appeared as a guest on the television show Beyond Vaudeville in Pickett appeared in such roles as Archie Bunker as part of a stage comedy revue about television, presented in Boston, titled Don't Touch That Dial.
Pickett appeared in films in several classic genres: beach movie, It's a Bikini World ; biker, Chrome and Hot Leather ; horror, Deathmaster and the sci-fi comedy film, Lobster Man From Mars InPickett served as the narrator of the children's film Spookley the Square Pumpkin.
Demento show, featured a documentary retrospective of Pickett's work. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations Bobby (Boris) Pickett And The Crypt-Kickers - Monster Mash reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.
The New York Times. Associated Press. April 27, Retrieved Bobby Boris Pickett, whose Boris Karloff impression propelled the Halloween novelty song Monster Mash to the top of the charts inmaking him one of X-Factor 6 - Various - Halloween Electronica Vol. 3 (File) music's most enduring one-hit wonders, died Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was His longtime manager, Stuart Hersh, said the cause was leukemia.
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