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Demento's radio show, saying "If there hadn't been a Dr.Demento, I'd probably have a real job now." In 1976, Dr.Weird Al has stated that he may forgo traditional albums in favor of timely releases of singles and EPs following on this success.

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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, 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.

During Yankovic's sophomore year as an architecture student at Cal Poly, he became a disc jockey at KCPR the university's radio station.

Yankovic said he had originally been nicknamed Weird Al by fellow students and "took it on professionally" as his persona for the station.

The Knack's lead singer, Doug Fieger, said he liked the song and suggested that Capitol Records vice president Rupert Perry release it as a single.

"My Bologna" was released as a single with "School Cafeteria" as its B-side, and the label gave Yankovic a six-month recording contract.

Demento spoke at Yankovic's school where the 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.

In mid-1979, shortly before his senior year, "My Sharona" by The Knack was on the charts and Yankovic took his accordion into the restroom across the hall from the radio station to take advantage of the echo chamber acoustics and recorded a parody titled "My Bologna". Demento, who played it to good response from listeners.

Yankovic met The Knack after a show at his college and introduced himself as the author of "My Bologna".

Since his first-aired comedy song in 1976, he has sold more than 12 million albums (as of 2007 His works have earned him four Grammy Awards and a further eleven nominations, four gold records, and six platinum records in the United States.

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