Why Paul McCartney Didn’t Want Weird Al Yankovic to Record a Parody of One of His Songs


Weird Al Yankovic has made popular parodies of songs by dozens of artists, including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Queen, Green Day, and Lady Gaga. While receiving a parody version of a song from Weird Al is a badge of honor for many, Paul McCartney didn’t want the American singer to cover one of his songs after hearing what it would be about. 

Weird Al Yankovic has recorded a few parodies of The Beatles

Why Paul McCartney Didn’t Want Weird Al Yankovic to Record a Parody of One of His Songs
Paul McCartney | Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

While the genre of parody music isn’t a competitive field, Weird Al is the king of it. Weird Al Yankovic, recently portrayed by Daniel Radcliffe in Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, is a multiple grammy award-winning artist who specializes in parodies of classic and modern music. Many of his most popular songs include “Amish Paradise,” a parody of Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise,” and “Like a Surgeon,” a parody of Madonna’s “Like a Virgin.”

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