Are you a fan of “Weird Al” Yankovic? What ever happened to Weird Al Yankovic anyways? He is definitely one of a kind. This talented entertainer was born with a wild sense of humor. You can discover it for yourself- if you haven’t already- by listening to his song parodies on CD. Be careful though. There are several song parodies floating around on the Internet that were allegedly written by Weird Al, but they weren’t. If you’re not sure whether a song is a “Weird Al” original, do a search on the Web by using your favorite search engine.
His life started out on October 23, 1959 in Downey, California. Born “Alfred Matthew”, he was the only child of Nick and Mary Yankovic. Al was raised in Lynwood in Los Angeles County. Lynwood, which has a population of about 70,000, was a working-class suburb when Al was growing up there.
Al Yankovic has always had a love for music. When he was just seven years old, he began taking accordion lessons. The lessons would last for the next three years. He also learned to play other musical instruments over the years, but the accordion remained Al’s favorite.
While he was attending Lynwood High school, Al’s grades were “Straight-A’s.” Obviously he didn’t need to keep his nose in the textbooks all the time to earn these grades because he also found time to work part-time giving accordion lessons. Al also found time to write and record song parodies on a cassette player in his bedroom at home. Al sang the comedic words and played the music to his tunes with his accordion. He sent recordings of his songs to a nationally- syndicated disc jockey who went by the moniker “Dr. Demento.” The good “doctor” liked Al Yankovic’s talents so much that he played some of his songs on the air. The first song Al ever sent Dr. Demento was “Pico and Sepulveda” in 1973.
The only son of Nick and Mary Yankovic graduated from high school when he was sixteen years old in 1976. He held the honor of being the Valedictorian of his class.
After high school, Al enrolled at the California Polytechnic State University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture. It was during this time that Al got the nickname “Weird Al” during his freshman year at college. The teen decided to use the nickname when he became a disc jockey for the college radio station, KCPR. It fit him well since he enjoyed playing songs that were off-the-wall and rather odd.
So, what ever happened to Weird Al Yankovic? Al wasn’t as interested in Architecture as he was in writing and recording song parodies. By now he had released two singles, “My Bologna” and “Another One Rides The Bus”. And, thanks to Dr. Demento’s playing his songs on the airwaves, Al Yankovic was beginning to become recognized for his talents.
Al signed on with Scotti Brothers Records in 1982. Scotti Brothers produced every one of his albums including “Bad Hair Day” in 1996. His first album was “Weird Al” Yankovic in 1983. It included song parodies such as “My Bologna”,
“I Love Rocky Road” and “Another One Rides the Bus.” This album was followed by “Weird Al” Yankovic in 3-D the next year. Al’s second album included “Eat It”, “The Rye or the Kaiser” (The Theme from Rocky XIII) and “Mr. Popeil.”
During the remainder of the 1980’s, “Weird Al” became a musical icon as his musical parodies gained more exposure and a wider fan base. The remaining albums he released were: “Dare to Be Stupid” in 1985; “Polka Party!” in 1986; “Even Worse” in 1988; “Greatest Hits” in 1988; “Peter and the Wolf (with Wendy Carlos)” in 1988; “UHF Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” in 1989; “Off The Deep End” in 1992; “The Food Album” in 1993; “Alapalooza” in 1993; “Al In The Box” in 1994; “Greatest Hits Vol. 2” in 1995; “TV Album” in 1995 and “Bad Hair Day” in 1996. Al wrote and recorded albums with his band and he toured and performed for audiences.
So, what ever happened to “Weird Al” Yankovic? He had his own TV show titled simply “The Weird Al Show” on the CBS network from 1997 to 1998. Long known for his dark, reddish-brown, shaggy hairstyles, facial hair and spectacles, Al changed his appearance when he underwent LASIK surgery in 1998 and shed his glasses. At the same time, Al shaved off his facial hair.
On February 10, 2001, Al Yankovic married his sweetheart Suzanne. They had a daughter, Nina, who was born February 11, 2003.
For all of you fans of “Weird Al” Yankovic, Al lives with his wife and daughter in the Hollywood Hills. He still writes and records song parodies in a style his fans continue to love. Al released the album “Poodle Hat” in 2003.