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Monster Mash singer was a Massachusetts high school basketball star

One night he was working late in the lab – well, not really, but Robert George Pickett spent some time in a studio in May 1962 recording the monster hit he co-wrote with Lenny Capizzi that made him a star.

Pickett said “Monster Mash,” a novelty song, was recorded in about two to three hours on a Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles, California.

“Monster Mash” is still a “graveyard hit” to this day, especially during the Halloween season.

Pickett, known professionally as Bobby “Boris” Pickett, was born on February 11, 1938 in Somerville, Massachusetts. He grew up in the Winter Hill neighborhood of Somerville. I wonder if he knew Whitey Bulger?

Pickett was an athlete and captain of the Somerville High School Highlanders basketball team.

Pickett was a film buff and dreamed of becoming an actor. His father ran the Somerville Theater, which allowed him to see all the horror films popular at the time.

The Somerville Times reported, “When he (Pickett) turned 21, he moved to Hollywood, California to pursue his dream” of becoming an actor.

“While his pursuit of acting never worked out, he was in a rock band,” he said Just wrote.

Monster Mash singer was a Massachusetts high school basketball star

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BostonHassle.com says, “Pickett portrayed not only his namesake Boris Karloff, but also Bela Lugosi, Peter Lorre and others with uncanny precision.” Pickett recorded “Monster Mash” with Boris Karloff in mind.

Somerville News Weeklyy reported: “Pickett had two more minor US chart singles in 1962-63, including the Top 30 'Monster's Holiday,' but he is indelibly associated with the classic novelty number.”

The newspaper said: “Pickett always loved Somerville and in those days he returned to Somerville on many occasions and sometimes visited old friends at the Winter Hill Yacht Club in Somerville.”

Pickett died of leukemia in Los Angeles on April 25, 2007. He was 69. Pickett left behind a wife and a daughter.

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