October 31 2018
Halloween is here and we have another playlist for our readers who may want some music to pass the time on this warm day.
Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ is known for having two versions, one is the standard running time music video and the other runs for 14 minutes, readers have the choice of both.
Purple People Eater was a song released in 1958 by Sheb Wooley, it has enjoyed 60 years of constant playing and The Big Bopper even made a spin off of the song as you will soon see.
David Seville in 1958 released a song called ‘Witch Doctor’ which made it to #1 on the charts in the USA, the ‘Witch Doctor’ was mentioned prominently in Big Bopper’s ”Purple People Eater Meets Witch Doctor’ in an age where artists regular made ‘answer’ songs or combined past hits.
The Big Bopper is known for being killed in the plane crash that also killed Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens but he was also a successful Radio DJ and a singer in his own right.
The Big Bopper sang a song that put the Witch Doctor and Purple People Eater in the one story and it was called ‘Purple People Eater Meets Witch Doctor’.
‘Ghostbusters’ was recorded by Ray Parker Jr for the movie of the same name, the music video also had appearances of several movie stars.
‘I Put A Spell On You’ has been recorded by several artists but one of the most popular versions is the one by Creedence Clearwater Revival and thankfully a music video was made at a time they were just considered promotional.
Another CCR hit that must be added is ‘Bad Moon Rising’
Psycho was a film that scared audiences in 1960 and it’s music was one of the reasons why it caused such a scare and so we have the theme from the movie.
‘Race With The Devil’ is a song by Gun and you may of heard this song in the 1980’s Vietnam War show ‘Tour of Duty’.
Guitar lovers will love this song and the song has been covered by bands such as Girlschool and Judas Priest.
‘Howlin’ Wolf’ was a blues singer who could also play the guitar and harmonica and is regarded as one of the best blues singers in history.
‘Evil (is going on)’ was recorded in 1954 and its re-recording in 1969 gave Howlin’ Wolf his last chart hit.
Stevie Wonder’s ‘Superstition’ can be heard in the 1982 horror film ‘The Thing’ as well as several other movies, the song was also performed live on Sesame Street which can be seen below.
We hope you have enjoyed our 2018 playlist and we hope to see you next year as we get through another Halloween together.