To many, the ultimate, most authentic rock ’n’ roll mash-up of Halloween themes and music goes back to 1962, when the late Bobby “Boris” Pickett scored a hit with the ghoulish novelty tune “Monster Mash” — a bouncing, hand-clappy rave-up containing all the right ingredients: spooky settings, scary creatures, vampires, graveyards, zombies, werewolves, mad scientists … and references to popular horror film characters.
“Monster Mash” went to number one on the pop charts over 40 years ago and has proven its mettle as a classic hit that will not die. Like the best elements of a good Halloween night, it’s all at once a little creepy, very funny, slightly silly, and uniquely American.
Pickett died at the age of 69 on April 25, 2007 in Los Angeles, due to complications from leukemia. Here's to the Mash.