PORTLAND, Ore. ( TheStreet) -- Fifty one years ago, a California nightclub singer from Somerville, Mass., did an impression of movie-monster actor Boris Karloff on stage while performing The Diamonds' "Little Darlin'." A bandmate suggested he use that voice through an entire song and the result spawned an entire holiday music industry.Bobby "Boris" Pickett's single Monster Mash was released in August 1962 and hit No. 1 in the U.S. on Oct. 20 of that year, cementing its legacy as the go-to song of Halloween and trumpeting the inherent value of the novelty record. The Beach Boys, Vincent Price, Smashing Pumpkins and Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band have all covered it. Mike Tyson sang a rendition of it with Bobby Brown on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Misfits -- who turned Halloween into an entire punk catalog of songs like Skulls, Ghouls Night Out and Horror Business -- finally caved and performed a rendition of it in 1999.
Halloween Novelty Tunes Don't Wear Off
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