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Born in Somerville, Massachusetts, USA
Died in West Los Angeles, California, USA  (leukemia)
Birth NameRobert George Pickett

Mini Bio (1)

Bobby Pickett was born on February 11, 1938 in Somerville, Massachusetts, USA as Robert George Pickett. He died on April 25, 2007 in West Los Angeles, California, USA.

Trivia (16)

His son died at the age of three.
Co-wrote the song "Monster Mash".
He is the only active performer whose original recording reached "the top 100" on three different occasions.
His first live performance backup band was a group of young relatively unknowns called The Beach Boys.
He was "found" by a daughter and two grandchildren he never knew he had in 1997.
In 1962 the British Broadcasting Corp. radio network banned Pickett's song "Monster Mash" as "offensive" and "unhealthy".
In the late 1970s, on one occasion, his back-up band was (a very young) Van Halen.
"Monster Mash" was written after a band-mate suggested they showcase Pickett's impression of actor Boris Karloff.
Bob Dylan was a big fan of his novelty hit.
His tour bus broke down outside Frankenstein, Missouri at a 1973 Halloween show.
Survived by his sister, Lynda; his daughter, Nancy; and his two grandchildren.
The pianist on "Monster Mash" is blues legend Leon Russell.
He wrote "Monster Mash" in about 30 minutes. He added his own sound effects: the "creaky door" is a nail being pulled from a piece of wood, and the "boiling cauldron" is Pickett blowing bubbles in a cup of water with a straw.
The recording was turned down by four major labels. Finally Gary Paxton, who was the lead singer on The Hollywood Argyles' novelty hit "Alley Oop", released it on his own label.
Boris Karloff was so impressed with Bobby's recording of "Monster Mash" that he performed the song while hosting an episode of TV's Pop/Rock Music show Shindig! (1964) in 1965.
Pickett's very last live performance of The Monster Mash happened at the Chiller Theatre horror convention in October of 2006 (just months before his passing). He was joined on stage with legendary horror host John Zacherle and backed by local heroes, The Dead Elvi.

Personal Quotes (1)

[1996 interview in People magazine, about his 1962 hit "Monster Marsh"] When I hear it, I hear a cash register ringing.

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