That’s from the Saturday October 31ST 1964 edition of “American Bandstand” on ABC-TV hosted by the late great Dick Clark, and that’s guest Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett performing his # 1 smash “Monster Mash”. What a fascinating facial performance that is too !
It was actually the # 1 smash all across the U.S. 2 years earlier during the week leading up to Halloween of 1962 (during the Cuban Missile Crisis), but just like in 1964 and every year since then it’s the unofficial radio song of Halloween. I even add it to my iPod Shuffles that play at my workplace. I usually add it right around October 01ST of each year, and it plays almost every day all month long.
Come November 01ST (tomorrow) I’ll remove “Monster Mash” from my iPod Shuffles playlist, and I’ll add about a half-dozen Christmas songs. ‘Tis the season …
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Saturday October 30TH 2010
Volume 3 / Number 8 / Edition 105
Halloween was a big holiday for my family back in the 1970s and 1980s. We lived in big suburban neighbourhoods in Lanham Maryland (’70s) and McLean Virginia (’80s). We were always prepared for our trick-or-treaters with large bowls of bite-sized candies waiting and ready to be handed out with each knock of the front door. Each guest got 2 or 3 pieces of candy. Usually my Mom or Dad handed out the candy for the first 90 minutes or so while me and my little brother were out and about trick-or-treating. Once we returned we dumped all of the candy that we didn’t want right back into the large bowls at the front door. The rest of the candy we kept for ourselves to eat over the course of the next several days. Me and my little brother also relieved our parents at the front door for the final 90 minutes of trick-or-treating. So we received – and we gave – on that single night of fun each year.
I dressed up as Batman – ‘The Caped Crusader’ – on most Halloween nights. I always thought that the costume looked cool in that midnight blue color. My little brother always dressed up as various superheroes as well.
I miss the fun of Halloween night. For the past 15 years I’ve lived in a neighbourhood that doesn’t allow trick-or-treating. Maybe sometime in the future I’ll be living elsewhere – where trick-or-treating is alive and well on Halloween night. I’ll be ready with several large bowls of candy waiting and ready to be handed out with each knock of the front door.
In observance of Halloween – I present to you – “The Monster Mash“:
Exactly 47 years ago on Halloween of 1962 the U.S. was engulfed in the Cuban Missile Crisis with the U.S.S.R. Luckily it was drawing to a close as the Soviets began dismantling and removing their missiles in Cuba as a result of a deal struck just a few days earlier by President John F. Kennedy and Soviet Leader Nikita Khrushchev.
Meanwhile on the radio Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers had the hottest smash on the airwaves, as their “Monster Mash” was riding high atop the Billboard Hot 100. Every year since then it’s been an annual tradition on the radio to signal the arrival of Halloween.