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Weird Al Yankovic

Weird Al Yankovic

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Famous as :

Musician, comedian

Birth Name :

Alfred Matthew Yankovic

Birth Date :

October 23, 1959

Birth Place :

Downey, California, USA

Spouse :

Suzanne Krajewski (since 10-Feb-01)

Claim to fame :

Album "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D (1984)

Biography


Weird Al Yankovic was born Alfred Matthew Yankovic in Downey, California, on October 23, 1959. His career in music began on the day before his sixth birthday, when a door-to-door salesman traveling through Lynwood offered his parents a choice of accordion or guitar lessons at a local music school. His parents chose accordion over guitar "because they were convinced it would revolutionize rock," according to the singer.

He continued lessons at the school for three years before continuing to learn on his own. Yankovic, who's a big fan of Elton John, said that John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" album was "partly how I learned to play rock 'n roll on the accordion." Meanwhile, he claimed that Tom Lehrer, Stan Freberg, Spike Jones, Allan Sherman, Shel Silverstein and Frank Zappa "and all the other wonderfully sick and twisted artists that he was exposed to through the Dr. Demento Radio Show" were the inspirations of his comedic and parody music.

Latest News


Fan Starts Petition to Have Weird Al Yankovic Headline Super Bowl Halftime Show

August 07, 2014 03:01:28 GMT

A man really wants to headline next year's Super Bowl halftime show. The dude, a Seattle resident named Ed Ball, started a petition on Change.org earlier this week, demanding the NFL to pick the singer/parodist as the main performer at the event.
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Artist of the Week: Weird Al Yankovic

July 28, 2014 06:17:50 GMT

It's a sweet week for . His hard work of releasing a new music video everyday for eight continuous days paid off when he finally climbed atop Billboard Hot 200 with his latest record "". He said, "I've been doing the same thing for 30 years and all of a sudden I'm having the best week of my life."
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Weird Al Yankovic's 'Mandatory Fun' Takes the Top Spot of Billboard 200

July 24, 2014 01:46:52 GMT

After more than 30 years working on his music, finally has his first No. 1 album on Billboard 200. The singer/songwriter has his newest LP "" debuted at the chart's top spot after selling 104,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoudScan.
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Video Premiere: Weird Al Yankovic Turns Into Craftsman in 'Fancy' Parody 'Handy'

July 18, 2014 04:57:04 GMT

has released the fourth music video to promote his newest album, "". In the latest one, which is titled "Handy" and a parody of 's "Fancy", the singer and parodist transforms into a craftsman who claims he can fix anything from patching the drywall to mowing the lawn.
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Weird Al Yankovic Promotes Aluminum Foil in 'Royals' Parody 'Foil'

July 17, 2014 04:28:28 GMT

spoofs 's "Royals" in the music video for his "" cut called "Foil". The hilarious new clip, premiering on Wednesday, July 16 via College Humor, opens with the singer/parodist talking about how to keep his leftovers fresh.
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Weird Al Yankovic Teaches Grammar in 'Word Crimes' Video

July 16, 2014 04:20:56 GMT

Just a day after debuting "Tacky" which finds him recreating ' "Happy", returns with a new video for his "Word Crimes". Released on Tuesday, July 15, the same day his "" album came out, the new clip is a parody of 's smashing hit single "Blurred Lines".
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Weird Al Yankovic Recreates Pharrell's 'Happy' in 'Tacky' Music Video

July 15, 2014 01:59:14 GMT

has released the music video of "Tacky", one of the songs set to be included in his upcoming album "". Arriving on Monday, July 14, the clip finds the singer/parodist recreating ' wildly popular hit "Happy" and its accompanying visuals.
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Weird Al Yankovic Goes GaGa in 'Perform This Way' Music Video

June 21, 2011 01:43:15 GMT

's take on 's hit single "Born This Way" has finally got an official music video. It features Yankovic in a young woman body wearing the Mother Monster's various signature outfits ranging from bubble dress and meat number.
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GaGa Green-Lights Weird Al Yankovic Spoof

April 22, 2011 15:02:00 GMT

Spoof-master spoke out earlier this week to reveal 's aides had banned him from including his mocking version of the song - titled "Perform This Way" - on his upcoming album.
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Weird Al Yankovic Regrets Refusing Offer to Promote Beer

November 26, 2010 06:39:10 GMT

Comedy singer regrets turning down $5 million to promote a beer company - because the cash would have been "handy". The funnyman, famous for his parodies of songs by stars including and , was offered a huge pay cheque to become the commercial face of an unnamed alcohol firm.
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