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The Man Who Did the Mash; the Monster Mash

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The Man Who Did the Mash; the Monster Mash

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The Man Who Did the Mash; the Monster Mash

The Man Who Did the Mash; the Monster Mash

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Bobby "Boris" Pickett, whose dead-on Boris Karloff impression propelled the Halloween anthem "Monster Mash" to the top of the charts while cementing his place as one of pop music's most enduring one-hit wonders, has died of leukemia. He was 69.

ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

Now, a moment to remember a man who may go down in history as the one-hit wonder. If you don't know Bobby Boris Pickett by name, surely you'll recognize his Boris Karloff impression made famous by his number one song, "Monster Mash."

(Soundbite of song, "Monster Mash")

Mr. BOBBY BORIS PICKETT (Singer): (Singing) 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.

Unidentified Group: (Singing) He did the mash.

Mr. PICKETT: (Singing) He did the monster mash.

Unidentified Group: (Singing) The monster mash.

SIEGEL: Pickett's impression of Karloff dates back more than half a century to his childhood days when he'd watch horror films in the theater that his father managed. In 1962, he turned his dead-on impression into a song and this Halloween anthem was born.

(Soundbite of song, "Monster Mash")

Mr. PICKETT: (Singing) The ghouls all came from their humble abodes.

SIEGEL: Bobby Boris Pickett died of leukemia yesterday in West Los Angeles. He was 69.

(Soundbite of song, "Monster Mash")

Mr. PICKETT: (Singing) They played the monster mash.

Unidentified Group: (Singing) The monster mash.

Mr. PICKETT: (Singing) It was a graveyard smash.

Unidentified Group: (Singing) They played the mash.

Mr. PICKETT: (Singing) It caught on in a flash.

Unidentified Group: (Singing) They played the mash.

Mr. PICKETT: (Singing) They played the monster mash. Out from his coffin, Drac's voice did ring. Seems he was troubled by just one thing. He opened the lid and shook his fist and said, whatever happened to my Transylvania twist?

Unidentified Group: (Singing) It's now the mash.

Mr. PICKETT: (Singing) It's now the monster mash.

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