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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by ChuteTheMall, Oct 23, 2015.
America's greatest accordionist since Lawrence Welk, Happy 56th birthday today
Al's first accordion lesson, which sparked his career in music, was on the day before his sixth birthday. A door-to-door salesman traveling through Lynwood 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", referring to Frankie Yankovic, to whom he is not related. Yankovic said that "[his] parents chose the accordion because they were convinced it would revolutionize rock." He continued lessons at the school for three years before continuing to learn on his own. Yankovic's early accordion role models included Frankie Yankovic and Myron Floren.
In the 1970s, Yankovic was a big fan of Elton John and claims John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album "was partly how I learned to play rock 'n roll on the accordion." As for his influences in comedic and parody music, Yankovic lists artists including Tom Lehrer, Stan Freberg, Spike Jones, Allan Sherman, Shel Silverstein and Frank Zappa "and all the other wonderfully sick and twisted artists that he was exposed to through the Dr. Demento Radio Show." Other sources of inspiration for his comedy come from Mad magazine, Monty Python, and the Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker parody movies.
Yankovic began kindergarten a year earlier than most children, and he skipped second grade. "My classmates seemed to think I was some kind of rocket scientist so I was labeled a nerd early on," he recalls.[10
That guy is one of a kind.
I saw her m in concert at the Embassy abut ten years ago. Had an absolute blast
Your title scared me. I thought he passed or something. Happy Birthday Al! Lots of MTV memories from him.
One funny and talented SOB.
I love almost all of Al's stuff (in small doses).
Happy B-day, Al!
He's had a longer career than many serious musicians.
56, that's it? I didn't actually know how old he was until I opened this thread, but if someone had asked me, I would have guessed older than that.
He's so handy, everybody knows.
I didn't realize how young he was. He has been in the biz for over 30 years. May we have many more decades of Al.
His Star Wars parody is great.'08.
UHF was a riot.
His parody of Blurred Lines (Word Crimes) is very clever.
Yeah, me too. Love his stuff. Heck, some of the songs he's paraded, he made more famous.
He's very funny I love Amish paradise! Happy birthday Al !
He, I, and Johnny Carson.
At least he isn't still trapped in the drive through.