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Monster Mash singer dies aged 69
Bobby "Boris" Pickett performs at Disneyland in 1996
Pickett said he never grew tired of performing the song
The singer who found fame with the novelty song Monster Mash, has died.

Bobby "Boris" Pickett, whose spot-on Boris Karloff impression made the record a Halloween favourite, died of leukaemia aged 69 in Los Angeles.

While famous as a one-hit wonder, the song charted three times in the US - in 1962, 1970 and in 1973 when it also reached number three in the UK.

Pickett performed until last year, joking at his shows: "And now I'm going to do a medley of my hit".

Money-spinner

The record's fans included Bob Dylan, who sang Pickett's praises before playing the single on his XM Satellite Radio program last October.

"Our next artist is considered a one-hit wonder, but his one hit comes back year after year," he said.

Pickett's Karloff impression featured in his 1950s nightclub act and he also did the voice when performing with his band the Cordials.

A bandmate convinced Pickett they needed to do a song based around the impression and Monster Mash was quickly written and recorded.

In a 1996 interview with People magazine, Pickett said he never grew tired of his biggest hit: "When I hear it, I hear a cash register ringing."




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