Scary, Spooky Songs Of The Sixties And Seventies

By | October 15, 2018

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Artist Jack Davis' monster musicians on the cover of 'Monster Rally' by Hans Conried and Alice Pearce, 1959. Source: eBay

The 1960s and 1970s were the best eras for spooky, scary novelty songs, and with Halloween just around the corner, now is a great time to remember the creepy tunes that made our spines tingle. Enjoy…if you dare…this collection of frightening, yet catchy and danceable, hits that are sure to get you in the Halloween spirit. 

'Monster Mash'

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Perhaps the best known of the spooky songs of the sixties, the 1962 novelty tune "Monster Mash" by Boris Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers was a number one hit and remains a Halloween favorite. The song began as a joke. Pickett was known for his comical voice impressions and he particularly liked to imitate Boris Karloff, the horror movie actor with the thick Eastern European accent. One night, Pickett was performing with his band, the Cordials, when he began to cover “Little Darlin’” by the Diamonds in his best Boris Karloff voice. The audience loved it. He was then encouraged to write and record a novelty song sung in his spooky voice. "Monster Mash" is sung from the point of view of a mad scientist who creates a monster who likes to dance a new dance called the "Monster Mash." He then hosts a party for an assortment of other monsters who help make the dance a nationwide sensation.