Weird Al Yankovic Gossip News
“Weird Al” Yankovic, Alfred Matthew Yankovic was born on October 23, 1959, in the Los Angeles.
“Weird Al” first took up the accordion when a salesman came around to solicit business for a music school. His parents, Mary (Vivalda) and Nick Yankovic, decided on the accordion because of polka king Frankie Yankovic (no relation). As a child and young teen, Al watched a lot of television, which gave him much inspiration for his later work. He also became a fan of such musician/comedians as Allan Sherman and Spike Jones. He became especially acquainted with these musicians through the radio show of Barry Hansen, aka “Dr. Demento”, which would later become a great source of publicity for his talents. After an extraordinary career at Lynwood High School, where Al graduated as valedictorian, he attended the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo to study architecture, a field he is said to have chosen because it was listed first in the catalog (although he has said that he really chose it on the advice of a guidance counselor). It was at Cal Poly that Al had a radio show and earned the nickname “Weird Al“. Although he had sent tapes to Dr. Demento in the past, it was at Cal Poly where he recorded his first real published piece, a parody of the popular “My Sharona” by The Knack, called “My Bologna”. After the astounding success of that song, forever to be known as the “bathroom recording” as it was recorded in the acoustically perfect mens’ room, Al began his phenomenal career, which has spanned twelve albums, numerous compilations, a box set, movies, videos and edible underwear. He has also done a great deal to advance the cause of accordion-wielding weirdos, for which we can all be thankful.
“Weird Al” Latest Gossip news:
“Weird Al” Yankovic Tacky
The king of parody, “Weird Al” Yankovic, 54 will release his fourteenth studio album and his follow-up to 2011′s Alpocaplypse, on Tuesday, July 15. A sneak preview of what was to come, hit the Internets and caused a viral stir.
The musical spoof is a hilarious rendition of the song “Happy” by Pharrell. However for Weird Al, it’s “Tacky.” Watch Video Here
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- Hawaiian shirt, canvas shoes and (until 1997) glasses
- Frequently makes reference to the number 27
- Writes songs about food, television series and romances that end in bloodshed.
- Performs polka style medleys of songs that have no connection with each other, as if randomly chosen.
- Often features a celebrity guest appearance in his music videos (such as Florence Henderson in “Amish Paradise”, Ruth Buzzi and Pat Boone in “Gump” and Dick Van Patten in “Smells Like Nirvana”).
- Displays his remarkable flexibility in many videos, performing feats like putting his leg behind his head or the “boneless dance” where his elbows appear to bend both ways.
- His long, curly hair
- Often parodies older songs when singing about the plot of a movie.