Weird Al Yankovic


Oral History Information

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Musician, Songwriter, Vocalist

Weird Al Yankovic built his career upon creating parodies of hit songs, with a special focus on incorporating his beloved accordion.  Al began recording his silly songs on tape and mailing them into the Dr. Demento radio program.  Once his songs were gaining popularity, Al expanded his band and found a winning formula of hit parody songs including “Eat It,” “Fat,” “Straight Outta Lynwood” and “Mandatory Fun.”  In 2016 at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, Al took part in the Grand Rally for Music Education, showcasing his passion for supporting music and the arts, especially when it involves young students just getting started in expressing themselves with music.