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"Weird Al" Yankovic

Birth Name: 
Alfred Matthew Yankovic
Genre: 
Parody
Music Category: 
Singer
Best Known For: 

"Eat It" a parody of Michael Jackson's "Beat It"

Short bio: 

Weird Al Yankovic was born on October 23, 1959 in Downey, CA. Al's first accordion lesson, which sparked his career in music, was one day before his sixth birthday. A door-to-door salesman offered the Yankovic parents a choice of accordion or guitar lessons at a local music school. Yankovic claims the reason his parents chose accordion over guitar was "They figured there should be at least one more accordion-playing Yankovic in the world." Yankovic became a local hit in southern California through syndicated comedy radio personality Dr. Demento's radio show. In 1976, Dr. Demento spoke at Yankovic's school where then 16-year-old Yankovic gave him a homemade tape of original and parody songs performed on the accordion in Yankovic's bedroom into a "cheesy little tape recorder". The tape's first song, "Belvedere Cruisin'" - about his family's Plymouth Belvedere - was played on Demento's comedy radio show, launching Yankovic's career.

Since that time, Yankovic has sold more than 12 million albums, and has recorded more than 150 parody and original songs. He's also received three Grammy Awards, with 11 nominations, four gold records, and six platinum records in the United States. Yankovic's first top ten Billboard album "Straight Outta Lynwood" and single "White & Nerdy" were both released in 2006, nearly three decades into his career. His latest album, "Mandatory Fun" released in 2014, became his first number one album on its debut week.

Twitter: 
@alyankovic
Contact:Mailing: 

First Wave
216 East 45th Street
7th Floor
New York, NY 10017

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you are the first website that told me his address, thank you!

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