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The Halloween Hit "The Monster Mash" Turns 50!

The Monster Mash Turns 50

“I was working in the lab late one night
When my eyes beheld an eerie sight
For my monster from his slab began to rise
And suddenly to my surprise…
He did the mash
He did the monster mash.”

This is a song that I can safely say I have heard every year of my life; from being a kid to having my own. The “Monster Mash” is a timeless classic that has become part of the aural culture of Halloween. And this year is a very special year for the “Monster Mash” – the song has just turned 50.

For generations the song has been a staple for the season. It was originally released in August of 1962 by Bobby “Boris” Pickett and was included on his album The Original Monster Mash, which was a collection of various monster themed songs. But “The Monster Mash” was the only monster hit off the album. The novelty song shot to the top of the charts and was number one on Billboard’s Top 100 on October 20, 1952.

Even though the song has been covered by such luminaries as Alvin & the Chipmunks, Mannheim Steamroller and The Misfits, Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s version has been the perennial favorite.

Check out Pickett’s performance of his hit below.

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