Weird Al is a name that most of us are conversant with. He is a man with many titles but best known for his parodies. They can make you laugh as you have never done before. It is a great thing because we all need laughter to make our hearts lighter. I think it is funny that his stage name is ‘Weird Al.’ anyway, weird is not always bad and Yankovic has done a great work to show this to us.
Weird Al Yankovic Early life
Alfred Matthew Yankovic was born in the year 1959 in October. His father is called Nick Yankovic, and his mother goes by the name Mary Elizabeth. Yankovic has been raised by great parents that instilled a lot of great values in him that have made him the man he is today. He studied at Lynwood High School, and he was a very active student in programs that did not involve sports or any social activities.
After he had graduated, he joined California Polytechnic State University located in Luis Obispo. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. Growing up, his interest in music was sparked by playing the accordion, an instrument which he learned and loved it.
Yankovic’s musical career started when he was only sixteen years old. He presented his parody tape to one comedian and radio personality called Dr. Demento who loved it. One of the songs in the tape called Belvedere Cruising was Demento’s favorite song, and he played it on air which gave Yankovic some exposure. During that time he used to play at a local coffee house, but it was not major because people did not get his choice of art.
Yankovic became a Dj at a radio station that belonged to the university during his sophomore year. While there he learned a few things about his trade. While on campus, he also made another parody called My Bologna out of the original song My Sharona by The Knack. He gave the recording on My Bologna to Dr. Demento who played it again on the radio. The song was a hit, and many people liked it. When he finally met with the Knack, he introduced himself and told them about My Bologna. The lead singer was a fan of the song and requested that Yankovic is given a recording deal for six months. This was how his career grew even bigger.
From that day he kept getting more famous after every parody he released. He associated with Dr. Demento severally and even became part of his stage show at some point. Yankovic released numerous albums that had hit songs after hit songs. My favorite of his works is Eat It which is a parody of Michael Jackson’s song Beat It. Some of his albums include Alpocalypse, Weird Al Yankovic in 3-D, and so many others. He has made parodies of famous musician’s songs like T.I, James Blunt, Lady Gaga, Robin Thick, Michael Jackson, and many others.
Weird Al Yankovic net worth in 2017
Weird Al Yankovic is a star in his rights. He is talented, and he uses his talent to lighten our days, because of that and many other reasons, he has an estimated net worth of $18 million US dollars as of 2017. That is why he can afford all that he owns.
Yankovic is a man of character. A parody artist does not need any permission to make a parody of anyone’s songs. But being a man of character, he always seeks permission from the original artists. This has helped him to maintain the working relations and friendships with these artists who are also his fans. Yankovic is truly a great man.