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The Story of "Monster Mash"

By October 23, 2013

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The "national anthem of Halloween" may be the most popular song of the costuming season, but Bobby "Boris" Pickett's deathless "Monster Mash" only got that way with a lot of help. Wondering how the Hollywood Argyles' "Alley Oop," Ronny and the Daytonas, and Leon Russell fit into the picture? Curious as to how it almost never saw the light of day? Wondering what Boris Karloff and Elvis thought of it? Look no further. Read all about the creation of this Halloween anthem here.


October 24, 2013 at 3:49 am
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It was later revealed that Elvis Presley’s dislike of the tune was because it kept “Return To Sender” stuck in the #2 position throughout the entire month of October. Nearly a year earlier, he had also developed an intense dislike of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” for the exact same reason. It kept “Can’t Help Falling In Love” stuck in the silver medal slot.

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