Alfred Matthew "Weird Al" Yankovic

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Born: 23 October 1959, Downey, California

Yankovic was born at Lynwood. A door-to-door salesman called offering guitar or accordion lessons, his parents chose the accordion because Frankie Yankevic (not related) was then known as the King of Polka and they thought there should be a second Yankovic playing the instrument; Al's first lesson was on the day before his sixth birthday. He started school a year early and then skipped a grade, graduating with straight As from Lynwood High School in 1976. He started to send tapes of his original songs to Dr Demento, the foremost authority on unusual music. He went on to California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, majoring in architecture. At Cal Poly he was a disk jockey on student radio station KCPR, where he adopted "Weird Al" as his professional name. He recorded his parodies in the tile-walled bathrooms for the acoustics. He had a hit with "My Bologna", a parody of "My Sharona", a then-popular song by The Knack. The Knack loved it and their lead singer made the introduction that got him his first recording contract with Capitol Records. His whacky parodies are delightfully literate, echoing the work of Allen Sherman and Tom Lehrer, and are always done with the permission of the artists' whose work he assimilates.

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