#1 Pop, #9 R&B
Bobby Pickett moved to Los Angles in 1961, hoping to become an actor after he got discharged for the Army.
Instead, after joining the singing group The Cordials, his Boris Karloff impression became a favorite with audiences.
Combining this impression along with the flavor from the hit song and dance craze the “Mashed Potatoes” — ‘The Monster Mash” was co-birthed by Pickett and Cordials group mate Leonard Capizzi.
Recorded on Gary S. Paxton’s Garpax Records and backed by Leon Russell, Johnny McCrae, Rickie Page, and producer Gary Paxton (aka The Crypt-Kickers) this often covered holiday song became Pickett’s only #1 hit.