- NNHS Newsletter - Happy Halloween!
“Shadows of a thousand years rise again
- Dexter Kozen
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Here's a Golden Oldie for you, whether or not you're actually celebrating Halloween.
Curiously, Lucy Southall Propst ('63) of VA sent me a sweet card this week in which she invoked this very classic. Thank you, Lucy!
By the way, Frankenstein's monster up there walks in much the same way I do now, except that thanks to COPD, I'm not as fast as he, and not nearly so graceful.
BONUS #1 -
Monster Mash (HQ) -
Bobby "Boris" Pickett
BONUS #2 - Monster Mash - Bobby "Boris" Pickett & the Crypt Kickers
BONUS #3 - Monster Mash
BONUS #4 -
The Monster Mash.com
|"Monster Mash" is a 1962
novelty song and the best-known song by
Bobby "Boris" Pickett. The song was released as a
Gary S. Paxton's
Garpax Records label in August 1962 along with a full-length
The Original Monster Mash, which contained several other
monster-themed tunes. The "Monster Mash" single reached number one on
Billboard Hot 100 chart on October 20 of that year, just in
Halloween. It has been a perennial holiday favorite ever since.
Pickett was an aspiring actor who sang with a band called The Cordials at night while going to auditions during the day. One night, while performing with his band, Pickett did a monologue in imitation of horror movie actor Boris Karloff while performing The Diamonds' "Little Darlin'". The audience loved it and fellow band member Lenny Capizzi encouraged Pickett to do more with the Karloff imitation.
Pickett and Capizzi composed "Monster Mash" and recorded it with Gary S. Paxton, Leon Russell, Johnny McCrae, Rickie Page, and Terry Berg, credited as "The Crypt-Kickers". (Mel Taylor, drummer for The Ventures, is sometimes credited with playing on the record as well, while pianist Leon Russell, who arrived late for the session, appears on the single's instrumental B-side, "Monster Mash Party".) The song was partially inspired by Paxton's earlier novelty hit "Alley Oop", as well as by the Mashed Potato dance craze of the era. A variation on the Mashed Potato was danced to "Monster Mash", in which the footwork was the same but Frankenstein-style monster gestures were made with the arms and hands.
The song is narrated by a mad scientist whose monster, late one evening, rises from a slab to perform a new dance. The dance becomes "the hit of the land" when the scientist throws a party for other monsters. The producers came up with several low-budget but effective sound effects for the recording. For example, the sound of a coffin opening was imitated by a rusty nail being pulled out of a board. The sound of a cauldron bubbling was actually water being bubbled through a straw, and the chains rattling were simply chains being dropped on a tile floor. Pickett also impersonated horror film actor Bela Lugosi as Dracula with the lyric "Whatever happened to my Transylvania Twist?"
The song was re-released several times and appeared in the Billboard charts on three occasions after the original release — December 1962, August 1970 and May 1973. The BBC had banned the record from airplay in 1962 on the grounds that the song was "too morbid". It was re-released in the United Kingdom in 1973, where it peaked at #3 in early October. To celebrate this popular release, Bobby and the Crypt-Kickers toured Dallas and St. Louis around the 1973 Halloween holiday. On this tour, the Crypt-Kickers were composed of Brian Ray (now guitarist with Paul McCartney), drummer Brian Englund, keyboardist Don Chambers, singer Jean Ray, and others. The "Monster Mash" re-entered the British Charts again on November 2, 2008 at #60.
"Monsters' Holiday", a Christmas-themed follow up, was recorded by Pickett and released in December 1962, peaking at #30 on the Billboard chart. The tune was penned by the renowned novelty song composer Paul Harrison. In 1985, with American culture experiencing a growing awareness of rap music, Pickett released "Monster Rap", which describes the mad scientist's frustration at being unable to teach the dancing monster from "Monster Mash" how to talk. The problem is solved when he teaches the monster to rap. A movie musical based on the song starring Pickett was released in 1995.
From http://www.history.com - 10/30/08 - "The Real Story of Halloween": (Be patient; it'll pop up.)
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Halloween Birthday today to Nuel Quisenberry ('58) of FL AND Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of VA!
Happy All Saints Day Birthday tomorrow to Russ Stephenson ('57) of MD AND Colin Faison ('58) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
02 - The late John Clark ('57) (d. 01/06/15);
04 - Mike Jeffers ('61) of VA;
05 - Patsy Blackard Hallett Parker ('65) of VA AND My Son of Other Parents, Joe Mansfield (Stanton College Prep School, FL - 2002) of TX AND My Grandson, Thomas Harty of UT (Maple Mountain High School, UT - '18) of UT;
06 - Marion Timberlake Gitchel ('57) AND Maria Velma Vidales Scott ('57) AND Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA;
07 - Pam Larmer Traugott ('62) of VA!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
October 31, 1922 - Benito Mussolini became prime minister of Italy.
October 31, 1940 - The Battle of Britain ended – the air victory by the United Kingdom prevented a German invasion.
October 31, 1941 - The destroyer USS Reuben James was torpedoed by a German U-boat near Iceland, killing more than 100 United States Navy sailors. It was the first U.S. Navy vessel sunk by enemy action in WWII. The U.S. had not yet entered World War II.
October 31, 1943 - An F4U Corsair accomplished the first successful radar-guided interception.
October 31, 1944 - Erich Göstl, a member of the Waffen SS, was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, to recognize extreme battlefield bravery, after losing his face and eyes during the Battle of Normandy.
THIS DAY IN 1971:
|October 31, 1971 - Basketball player Alphonso Ford was born Alphonso Gene Ford in Greenwood, Mississippi. He died of leukemia on 04 Sept 2004 in Memphis, Tennessee at the age of 32.|
|“It is a wise thing
to be polite; consequently, it is a stupid thing to be rude. To make
enemies by unnecessary and willful incivility, is just as insane a
proceeding as to set your house on fire. For politeness is like a
counter--an avowedly false coin, with which it is foolish to be stingy.”
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 10/31/17:
|Thank you, Joan!|
From Charlie Snead ('64) of NC - 10/30/19:
|ABSOLUTELY! Thank you, Charlie!|
From Barbara Hedrick ('66) of WV - 10/30/21, 1:42 PM:
|WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Barbara!|
From My Friend, Charlene, of NC - 10/30/21:
From Carlene Matthews Vannoy ('60 / '64) of VA - 10/31/18:
From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 10/29/18:
BONUS HALLOWEEN CROCHET PATTERNS:
Sara Sach's Doggie Birthday Hat - "Your dog is
going to party like an animal! Crochet a dog birthday hat for him or her
to rock on their special day. That pooch is going to be the center of
attention, make no bones about it."
Pet Bow Tie Collar - "Looking for a way to dress up your pooch? Create this Crochet Pet Bow Tie Collar and your pet will be the most stylish on the block. Show your pooch some love with this adorable crochet craft."
Button Dog Scarf
- "Keep your pooch warm and toasty with this adorable crochet pattern.
It's light and comfortable for dogs of any size."
BONUS HALLOWEEN RECIPES:
Halloween Recipes - "Cookies. Cupcakes. Pumpkin seeds. Popcorn
balls. Punch. Find cute or creepy goodies to feed your Halloween fun."
Our Top 50 Halloween Recipes - "Throw a party with these Halloween party treats and easy Halloween snacks from Food Network."
From www.ajokeaday.com - 10/31/18:
|It was Halloween. The
door bell rang and a man answered it. There stood a plain but
well dressed kid, saying, "Trick or Treat!"
The man asked the kid what he was dressed up as.
The kid replied, "I'm an
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Love to all, Carol
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Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
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Bobby "Boris" Pickett,
"The Monster Mash" midi courtesy of http://www.pcdon.com/monster_mash.html - 10/25/12
at the suggestion of Ivan Anker ('67) of VA - 11/01/11
"The Monster Mash" lyrics courtesy of http://www.lyricsondemand.com/onehitwonders/monstermashlyrics.html - 10/25/12
also at the suggestion of Ivan Anker ('67) of VA - 11/01/11
Thanks again, Ivan!
Animated Frankenstein clip art courtesy of http://www.pcdon.com/monster_mash.html - 10/25/12
Animated Trick or Treaters Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.christmas-graphics-plus.com/free/kids-halloween-animated-gifs.html - 10/24/08
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of
http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/SealsEmblems/USCG.htm - 10/03/07
Witch clip art courtesy of Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 10/31/08
Animated Flying Witch clip art courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('68) of VA -
Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of https://tearsfromalonelygod.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/a-drop-in-the-bucket/ - 05/23/16