Oct. 31, 2009
This time in 2006 was the last time I saw Bobby Pickett alive.
When he came to the BluePower studio he told us he wasn't well and jokingly said, "We'd better make this a good show as it may be my last."
I don't think it was quite Bobby's last show but very close. On the 25th of April, 2007, the world lost a wonderful human being and a gifted entertainer.
I can't think of a better show for Halloween than this show featuring our dear departed friend....Bobby Pickett.
Ever since I've known Bob, I have marveled at his elegance of manner, his ultra-quick wit and his well focused insight to character. We have recorded dozens of commercials and a whole lot of bits together. (He as talent and I as engineer) Through hours of being on the other side of the glass, I gained a great deal of respect for this talented man's work.
Forty-five years ago, a tiny record lable called GARPAX released a single (45 rpm record) to the world. The A side, written by Bob and Lenny Capeci is titled "Monster Mash" and has become synonymous with the holiday, Halloween. There are very few people in the world whom haven't heard, "They did the mash....they did the Monster Mash. It was a graveyard smash!"
And smash it was. This one song has kept Bobby "Boris" Pickett in groceries for forty-five years. and....as Bob mentions, "It's more than paid the rent."
Bob will be appearing at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Secaucus, New Jersey on the 27th, 28th and 29th of October at the 16th Annual Chiller Theatre Expo along with Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee Herman), the enchanting Elvira, plus Adam West and Burt Ward of Batman fame.
His book, Monster Mash, Half Dead In Hollywood is a tremendous read and tells Mr. Pickett's history from the time he was born through today. Bob tells the truth about Hollywood and the denizens that dwell there.
As Mr. Pickett says...."They drag me out for one night a year. It's my time to howl."
It's good to hear you howl again my friend.
Tonight's music is....
1)...."It's Alive"....Bobby "Boris" Pickett
2)...."Dead Man's Party"....Oingo-Boingo
3)...."Monster Mash"....Bobby "Boris" Pickett
4)...."Gallow's Pole"....Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
5)...."Werewolves Of London"....Warren Zevon
6)...."Sinister Stomp"....Bobby "Boris" Pickett
7)...."Got My Mojo Workin' "....Muddy Waters
8)...."Blood Bank Blues"....Bobby "Boris" Pickett
Incidental music composed by: Dave Roberts.
The picture of Bobby Pickett at the top of the page was taken by Jimmy Wachtel during the recording of Pickett's version of Warren Zevon's, "Werewolves Of London".
Listen to....Half Dead In Hollywood....With Guest....Bobby "Boris" Pickett!
Go to the superb website of Bobby "Boris" Pickett!
Have a safe and sane HALLOWEEN!