Soon the “Trick or Treaters” will be knocking on our doors. All the colorful Halloween costumes, the little children and the not so little…can you recall your “Trick or Treat” days? Collecting enough candy to put a smile on your dentist’s face. The “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL” is happy to present a few Halloween classics from the 50s and 60s…hope they will bring a smile…I mean a “BOO” to your face.
David Seville charted a #1 hit single in 1958 with his recording of…WITCH DOCTOR on Liberty Records (Liberty 55132). The WITCH DOCTOR charted at #1 for 3 weeks on the Billboard pop chart and #1 for 1 week on the Billboard R&B chart.
Sheb Wooley in June of 1958 charted his recording of…THE PURPLE PEOPLE EATER on MGM Records (MGM 12651). The record charted at #1, remaining at the #1 spot for 6 weeks. Sheb would also have a successful acting career playing “Pete Nolan” on the TV series Rawhide and recorded country comedy songs, using the name “Ben Colder”.
Bobby “Boris” Pickett charted a #1 hit with his million-seller…MONSTER MASH on Garpax Records (Garpax 44167). The single remained at #1 for 2 weeks in 1962 and charted again in 1970 at #91 and in 1973 it became a Billboard Hot 100, Top 10 again, charting at #10. The reissues were on Parrot Records (Parrot 348).
Gene Simmons charted his Halloween favorite in August of 1964. His hit recording of…HAUNTED HOUSE on Hi Records (Hi 2076), peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained on the chart for 11 weeks.
Till the next time—Joe