Celebrated musician and actor "Weird Al" Yankovic turned 62 today and fans of the iconic parody singer, song-writer quickly took to social media to celebrate the occasion. Born on this day in 1959, Yankovic has been achieved cult status in the 1970s with his early song parodies which would go on to become the staple of his decades-long career. Early hits from Yankovic included "I Love Rocky Road," a parody of "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" but his 1984 single "Eat It," a parody of Michael Jackson's "Beat It," complete with a full music video recreation, really put him on the map. His most popular song to date however is the 50 Cent parody "White & Nerdy," his only Platinum single.
Though Yankovic has managed to garner a vocal and friendly fanbase over the years, releasing some fourteen studio albums that have netted you five Grammy Awards, but frankly the birthday wishes today all started when none other than Mark Hamill. The Star Wars star tweeted in celebration of Yankovic earlier today, writing: "SHOUT OUT to Alfred Matthew "Weird Al" Yankovic for no particular reason other than his more than 150 parodies & original songs, singlehandedly reviving the importance of the accordion in pop-music & 4 decades of inspired lunacy."
You can find a collection of other Weird Al fans paying tribute to him below.
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Mark has spoken
SHOUT OUT to Alfred Matthew "Weird Al" Yankovic for no particular reason other than his more than 150 parodies & original songs, singlehandedly reviving the importance of the accordion in pop-music & 4 decades of inspired lunacy.🎂!!! -❤️from your fan, Mar🐫 pic.twitter.com/QR7qylyV6i— Mark Hamill (Mar🐫) (@HamillHimself) October 23, 2021
A genius in more than just France, I eagerly await his next single(s), concerts and podcast appearances. pic.twitter.com/DKq5c0rwVU— Mat Bradley-Tscaregi (he/him) (@MatWBT) October 23, 2021
Happy birthday, Weird Al! pic.twitter.com/mBRowBjmuJ— jim Goebel (@jimmyG1968) October 23, 2021
It really is
OH MY GOD ITS WEIRD AL'S BIRTHDAY OH MY GOD OH MY GOD 🪗🎶💗✨— Zoe 🦩 (@zoesauve) October 23, 2021
Heck of a story
Happy Birthday to Weird Al, I'll always treasure the memory of seeing you at the state fair and then searching the fair grounds because my mom (seated in a different part of the amphitheater) didn't know about encores and freaking bolted it back to the car.— Brandon Bird (@Brandon_Bird) October 23, 2021
UHF 2 when
Happiest of birthdays to one of the greats. My hero Weird Al Yankovic, born of pure levity and kindness.October 23, 2021
It’s so fitting that Weird Al was born close to Halloween. https://t.co/DlPX8shaX4— Dr. Vee in my Bonnet (she/her) (@veronronica) October 23, 2021
An American Treasure
Weird Al is an American treasure. https://t.co/5T7aTBB7Bp— Bryant Smith (@SumisuBuraianto) October 23, 2021
Shaped my life
Weird Al really shaped my life. I first heard his music on the Dr. Demento show, and I got a job at my local radio station because I thought what he was doing was so cool and smart and funny. https://t.co/abevK2rkpg— Douglas Arellanes (@dougiegyro) October 23, 2021