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Encyclopedia > Bobby "Boris" Pickett
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Robert George Pickett (February 11, 1938 - April 25, 2007), was a native of Somerville, Massachusetts, United States, who found fame as a one-hit wonder musician under the name Bobby "Boris" Pickett. He was best known for singing and co-writing the 1962 hit novelty song, "Monster Mash". Image File history File links Current_event_marker. ... // The following is a list of notable deaths in 2007. ... February 11 is the 42nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... April 25 is the 115th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (116th in leap years). ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... Settled: 1630 â€“ Incorporated: 1842 Zip Code(s): 02143 â€“ Area Code(s): 617 / 857 Official website: http://www. ... UK 45 rpm single for Mickey (1982) by one-hit wonder Toni Basil CD single of the Baha Mens Who Let the Dogs Out? In the music industry, a one-hit wonder is an artist generally known for only one hit single. ... A musician is a person who plays or composes music Musicians can be classified by their role in creating or performing music: A singer (or vocalist) uses his or her voice as an instrument. ... Ercole de Roberti: Concert, c. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... See also: 1961 in music, other events of 1962, 1963 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // January 1 - The Beatles and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes both audition at Decca Records, a company which has the option of signing one group only. ... In popular music, a chart-topper is an extremely popular recording, identified by its inclusion in a ranked list—a chart—of top selling or otherwise judged most popular releases. ... A novelty song is a usually intentionally humorous song, usually in published or recorded form. ... (The) Monster Mash is a 1962 novelty song and the best known song by Bobby Boris Pickett. ...

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Life and career

Pickett's father was a theater manager, and as a 9-year-old he watched horror films. He later did horror film impersonations as part of his Hollywood nightclub act in 1959. DVD cover showing horror characters as depicted by Universal Studios. ...


Pickett performed his most famous track in an impersonation of veteran horror film stars Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi (the latter as in the line "Whatever happened to my Transylvania Twist?"). Impersonation is when someone or something tries to seem like someone or something else. ... Former crewmembers of the battleship Missouri pose for photos shortly after the Anniversary of the End of World War II ceremony, held aboard the famous ship. ... DVD cover showing horror characters as depicted by Universal Studios. ... Boris Karloff (born William Henry Pratt) (East Dulwich, November 23, 1887 – February 2, 1969) was an English actor, who emigrated to Canada in the 1910s, best known for his roles in horror films and the creation of the Monster in 1931s Frankenstein. ... Bela Lugosi as Dracula United States stamp. ... Map of Romania with Transylvania in yellow Transylvania (Romanian: or ; Hungarian: ; German: ; Serbian: / Transilvanija or / Erdelj) is a historical region in central and western Romania. ... The twist was a rock and roll dance popular in the early 1960s. ...


Bobby Pickett co-wrote the song along with Leonard Capizzi. The song was passed on by every major label, but after hearing the song Gary S. Paxton agreed to produce and engineer the song. It became a million seller, as well as reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the two weeks before Halloween in 1962. The song was styled as being by "Bobby 'Boris' Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers". The song re-entered the U.S. charts twice, in August 1970, and again in May 1973, when this time it reached the number 10 spot. In Britain it took until October 1973 for the tune to become popular, when it pinnacled at Number 3 in the UK Singles Chart. A song is a relatively short musical composition. ... Gary S Paxton Gary S. Paxton (b. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... Halloween, or Halloween, is a tradition celebrated on the night of October 31, most notably by children dressing in costumes and going door-to-door collecting sweets, fruit, and other gifts. ... The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. ...


A Christmas themed follow-up, "Monster's Holiday," was also released in 1962 and reached Number 30 in December of that year. Another of his songs, "Graduation Day," hit Number 80 in June 1963. Christmas is an annual holiday that marks the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. ...


In October 2005, Pickett protested inaction on global warming by releasing "Climate Mash," a new version of his hit single. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Global mean surface temperatures 1850 to 2006 Mean surface temperature anomalies during the period 1995 to 2004 with respect to the average temperatures from 1940 to 1980 Global warming is the observed increase in the average temperature of the Earths atmosphere and oceans in recent decades and the projected... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ...


Pickett died at the age of 69 on April 25, 2007 in Los Angeles, due to complications from Leukemia.[1][2] April 25 is the 115th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (116th in leap years). ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Leukemia or leukaemia (see spelling differences) is a cancer of the blood or bone marrow and is characterized by an abnormal proliferation (production by multiplication) of blood cells, usually white blood cells (leukocytes). ...


Trivia

The song was also covered by the Beach Boys who recorded it for an early live album. In the Beach Boy version, the line "the crypt kicker five" was chaged to "the beach boy five" Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman, May 24, 1941) is a Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning American singer-songwriter, author, musician, and poet who has been a major figure in popular music for five decades. ... XM Satellite Radio (NASDAQ: XMSR) is a satellite radio service in the United States based in Washington, DC and controlled by News Corporations DirecTV, General Motors, American Honda, Hughes Electronics, and several private investment groups. ... Leon Russell (born Claude Russell Bridges on April 2, 1942 in Lawton, Oklahoma) is a singer, songwriter, pianist, and guitarist. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... Alternative history or alternate history can be: A History told from an alternative viewpoint, rather than from the view of imperialist, conqueror, or explorer. ... For the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode, see Super Hero (Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode). ... The cover of the first Wild Cards book, Wild Cards. ... This article is about the undead. ... Parody of Back to the Future In contemporary usage, a parody is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. ... The current Star Trek franchise logo Star Trek is an American science fiction franchise. ... The human voice consists of sound made by a human using the vocal folds for talking, singing, laughing, screaming. ... Dr. Demento (born April 2, 1941 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is the stage name of Barret Eugene Hansen [1], who has made a successful career as a radio disc jockey specializing in novelty songs and pop music parodies. ... In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... The Misfits are a Horror punk band formed in 1977 and led by singer and songwriter Glenn Danzig (born Glenn Anzalone) and later, bassist Jerry Only (born Gerald Caiafa). ... The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band (more often the Bonzo Dog Band or to fans simply the Bonzos) were the brainchild of a British art-school set of the 1960s. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Rush is a Canadian rock band comprising bassist, keyboardist, and vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer and lyricist Neil Peart. ... The Canadian Progressive Rock trio Rush has written, recorded, and performed several instrumentals throughout its career. ... Test for Echo is the sixteenth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released in 1996 (see 1996 in music). ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... The United States Army is one of the armed forces of the United States and has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... Former crewmembers of the battleship Missouri pose for photos shortly after the Anniversary of the End of World War II ceremony, held aboard the famous ship. ... Korea (Korean: 한국 or 조선, see below) is a geographic area, civilization, and former state situated on the Korean Peninsula in East Asia. ...


References

  1. ^ Fox News: 'Monster Mash' Singer Bobby 'Boris' Pickett Dies at 69
  2. ^ CNN.com: 'Monster Mash' singer dead at 69

Further reading

The cover of the 1989 7th edition of the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles Guinness World Records - British Hit Singles & Albums is a music reference book, published in the United Kingdom, by Hit Entertainment, the company that owns such childrens entertainment brands as Bob the Builder and Thomas...

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