Over the years, Al has recorded and performed with many musicians and singers.
It's true that Steve, Jim and Bermuda have been there from the start,
but there was occasional outside help.

The Band:

Steve Jay: bass, ethnic percussion, banjo & vocals

Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz: drums, percussion & vocals

Rubén Valtierra: keyboards & vocals

Jim West: guitar, banjo, mandolin & vocals


Will Anderson - sax, guitar, trumpet, harmonica & vocals
Played on "WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC, POLKA PARTY! and POODLE HAT. Will joined the band for the Stupid Tour (1985) and also produced much of the music for CBS' The Weird Al Show.

Mike Angelos - tuba
Backed Al on "Polka Your Eyes Out" live for the Dr.Demento 20th Anniversary shows, October, 1991.

Larry Antonino - bass & vocals
Subbed for Steve during the second half of the 1995 Alaska-Canada Tour.

Marlene Aragon - specialty vocal
Voice-over announcer for selected commercials in "Can't Watch This".

Hank Azaria - specialty vocal
Voice of Moe the Bartender on "Phony Calls".

John Bainbridge - clarinet
From the Tonight Show Band, John backed Al & his band on "Hooked On Polkas" on the Tonight Show, July 25, 1985.

Curtis Balmer - guitar
Played on demo of a proposed theme for the movie "Hot Shots!"

Natasha Barr - vocals
Sexy vocals on "It's All About The Pentiums" on RUNNING WITH SCISSORS.

Marissa Benedict - trumpet
Backed Al on "Polka Your Eyes Out" live for the Dr.Demento 20th Anniversary shows, October, 1991.

Duane Benjamin - trombone
Backed Al on "Polka Your Eyes Out" live for the Dr.Demento 20th Anniversary shows, October, 1991.

Richard Bennett - bass, guitar, banjo & ukelele
Performed on most of the 1981 demos, and on "WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC. Al was lucky to nab him from his day-gig as Neil Diamond's lead guitarist.

Wayne Bergeron - trumpet
"Polkamon"

Mary Kay Bergman - vocals
Vocals on "Pretty Fly For A Rabbi". Mary Kay also provided many of the female voices for the South Park series until her unfortunate death in November, 1999.

Gene Block - guitar & vocals
Played live at the Starlight Amphitheater show in Burbank, June, 1984, and for a "practice show" the day before.

Bob Bonora - sleigh bells
Shook some mean bells on "The Night Santa Went Crazy" on the Penn & Teller Sin City Spectacular.

Danny Brant - guitar
Appeared in the "house band" on CBS' The Weird Al Show (Because I Said So, episode 3607) and also subbed for Jim on guitar during several dates on the 2000 RWS tour.

Pattie Brooks - vocals
Backups on IN 3-D, and at the Starlight Amphitheater show in Burbank, June, 1984.

Kim Bullard - keyboards
Various keyboards on tracks on EVEN WORSE, UHF, RUNNING WITH SCISSORS, STRAIGHT OUTTA LYNWOOD and ALPOCALYPSE, and "Headline News". He's also seen briefly in the "Money For Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies" video.

Bill Burk - vocals
Beefalo Bill lent misc insanity to "Another One Rides The Bus".

Sonny Burke - piano
Tickled the ivories on "This Is The Life", "Cable TV" and "One Of Those Days".

Roger Burn - keyboards
Roger subbed for Rubén on "The Night Santa Went Crazy", performed live on Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular.

Brad Buxer - keyboards
Played on OFF THE DEEP END, programmed the orchestral parts on "Jurassic Park", and helped assemble "Babalu Music!". Brad has worked with the biggest names in music, including on Michael Jackson's last few albums and as his musical director onstage.

Conte Candoli - trumpet
From the Tonight Show Band, Conte backed Al & his band on "Hooked On Polkas" on the Tonight Show, July 25, 1985. (Conte Candoli passed away December 14, 2001)

Wendy Carlos - keyboards
She programmed the music for the PETER AND THE WOLF album. Wendy is a well-known composer and synthesizer pioneer.

Nancy Cartwright - specialty vocal
Voice of Bart Simpson on "Phony Calls".

Pete Christlieb - clarinet
Session great and Tonight Show Band saxophonist, Pete backed Al & his band on "Hooked On Polkas" on the Tonight Show, July 25, 1985.

Dennis Clark - bass & vocals
Subbed for Steve for a November, 1982 show.

Coco - vocals
Kamikaze Coco from the Dr.Demento Show sang backups on the demo of "Happy Birthday".

Zaidee Cole - vocals
Sang backup vocals on "Gotta Boogie" on the "WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC album.

Jim Cox - keyboards
Jim used his synth to play a very convincing pedal steel guitar solo on "Good Enough For Now".

Randy Crenshaw - vocals
on STRAIGHT OUTTA LYNWOOD and on "Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me" on ALPOCALYPSE.

Alisa Curran - vocals
Backups on "The Plumbing Song".

Rick Derringer - guitar & vocals
Producer of the first six albums, and played most of the guitar on "WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC. Rick contributed misc guitar work and backing vocals on each album through UHF in 1989. Rick also joined the band live for a few songs at the Bottom Line in New York City in May, 1983.

John Dickson - French horn
Appears on STRAIGHT OUTTA LYNWOOD and ALPOCALYPSE.

Monique Donnelly - vocals
on STRAIGHT OUTTA LYNWOOD, and on "Perform This Way" and "Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me" on ALPOCALYPSE.

Kevin Dorsey - vocals
Backup vocals at the Starlight Amphitheater show in Burbank, June, 1984.

John DuPrez - keyboards
John composed and played synthesizer on most of the score in the UHF movie.

Joe Earley - bass, juice harp & vocals
Joe is a long-time friend of Al's, playing juice harp and singing a little with Al during the late '70s. He played bass at the Knott's Berry Farm show in June, 1981, and sang on the first demo of "I'll Be Mellow When I'm Dead".

Bob Ebersole - harmonica
Blues Bob joined the band onstage for "Generic Blues" during several live shows in 1994, including House Of Blues in Hollywood.

Kim Erin - vocals
on STRAIGHT OUTTA LYNWOOD.

Tom Evans - saxophone
Some smooth sax on "Your Horoscope For Today" on RUNNING WITH SCISSORS, and "Party At The Leper Colony" and "Genius In France" on POODLE HAT.

Dennis Fetchit - fiddle
Solo on "Good Enough For Now".

Charles Fleischer - keyboards
He played Buford, leader of the "house band" on CBS' The Weird Al Show (Because I Said So, episode 3607).

Guy Fletcher - keyboards
Dire Straits' own keyboardist played on our version of "Money For Nothing". He recorded his parts in England.

Ben Folds - piano
Ben was guest pianist on "Why Does This Always Happen To Me?" on POODLE HAT, and also played piano live with Al at Summerfest on July 3, 2007.

Larry Ford - trumpet
Backed Al on "Polka Your Eyes Out" live for the Dr.Demento 20th Anniversary shows, October, 1991.

Edith Fore - specialty vocal
The actual 'I've fallen...' lady! Voice-over for her commercial in "Can't Watch This".

Pete Gallagher - drums
Also known as "Zuie" in bass player Steve Jay's project, Pete sat-in for Bermuda on a few shows during the 2003 Poodle Hat tour. (This was the first time 23 years that Bermuda was unable to make a show!)

Gen - specialty vocal
Japanese ranting on "Phony Calls".

The Glove - D.J.
The Glove - his given name I'm sure - did the scratching in "This Is The Life".

Deidra Gray - specialty vocal
Said "Don't hate me because I'm beautiful" in "Can't Watch This".

Jim Haas - vocals
One of the 'Beach Boys' soundalike singers on "Trigger Happy".

Wayne Hammerly - keyboards
Appeared in the "house band" on CBS' The Weird Al Show (Because I Said So, episode 3607).

Barry Hansen - vocals
Where would Weird Al be without him? He's Dr.Demento, and is wholly responsible for exposing Al to the world. Besides having the foresight to record "Bus" while Al performed it live on the air, the good Doctor contributed backups to the demo of "Happy Birthday", and on "I Love Rocky Road".

Gil Hansen - bass & vocals
No relation to Barry, but he filled-in for Steve at Magic Mountain near L.A. in June, 1982.

Taylor Hanson - piano
The man himself played on the Hanson-inspired "If That Isn't Love" on ALPOCALYPSE.

Mark Harris - bass & vocals
Played the Knott's Halloween Haunt shows in October, 1981. He and guitarist Tommy Vavrick decided not to stick with Al. Six months later Al recorded his first album, and the rest is history.

Jimmie Haskell
Conducted 85 piece orchestra on Spy Hard theme.

Scottie Haskell - vocals
on STRAIGHT OUTTA LYNWOOD and ALPOCALYPSE..

Gary Herbig - saxophone & clarinet
Yes, live horns! Gary worked on DARE TO BE STUPID and POLKA PARTY!, and on "Everything You Know Is Wrong".

Michael Higgins - guitar & vocals
Subbed for Jim at the Hurricane Relief Concert in Miami, a benefit organized by Gloria Estefan in September, 1992.

Dan Hollombe - vocals
"Damaskas", well-known for his own parodies on the Dr.Demento Show, sang backup vocals on "Another One Rides The Bus", and the demos of "Happy Birthday" and "Gotta Boogie", all of which are on the Placebo ep.

Jake Hooker - vocals
Jake co-wrote "I Love Rock & Roll" (Joan Jett's hit), and introduced Al to Rick Derringer. He was hanging around during the recording of the first album, so he was recruited to sing and clap.

Danny House - clarinet
Backed Al on "Polka Your Eyes Out" live for the Dr.Demento 20th Anniversary shows, October, 1991.

Robert Irving - keyboards
Played on demo of a proposed theme for the movie "Hot Shots!"

Jon Iverson - guitar & vocals
Recorded "Take Me Down", Al's first-ever release on vinyl, and also appeared live with Al at various shows at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Angie Jaree - vocals
on STRAIGHT OUTTA LYNWOOD and on "Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me" on ALPOCALYPSE.

Jason & Randy - vocals
Sorry, we forgot the last names of these guys, who sang backups and clapped on the demo of "I Love Rocky Road".

Miles Jay - bass & vocals
Miles is the oldest son of Steve Jay, and filled-in for his Dad for a week of shows at the Orange County Fair just south of Los Angeles, in July, 2002. Also contributed string bass parts on STRAIGHT OUTTA LYNWOOD.

Ronnie Jay - D.J.
Scratching on "Twister".

Tommy Johnson - tuba
Huffin' and puffin' for the polka medlies on POLKA PARTY!, OFF THE DEEP END, ALAPALOOZA, BAD HAIR DAY, RUNNING WITH SCISSORS, POODLE HAT and STRAIGHT OUTTA LYNWOOD. That's also him on the tuba solo in "Smells Like Nirvana", "Spy Hard" and "Polkamon." Sadly, Tommy passed away in late-2006.

David Joyce - vocals
on STRAIGHT OUTTA LYNWOOD and "Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me" on ALPOCALYPSE.

Jon Joyce - vocals
One of the 'Beach Boys' soundalike singers on "Trigger Happy".

Samantha Kaye - vocals
Backups on "The Plumbing Song".

M.G. Kelly - announcer
The voice of the "Spatula City" commercial.

Tom Kenny - voiceover
The announcer on "TMZ".

Mike Kieffer - hands
"Musical Mike" of Dr.Demento Show fame has provided hand music for Al's recordings from the late-seventies through Headline News. Mike has joined Al onstage many times throughout the years, and is seen in the "I Love Rocky Road" and "Headline News" videos.

Mark Knopfler - guitar
Mark recorded the main parts for "Money For Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies" in England, using a rough mix of bass, drums & Jim's guitar as a guide.

Nick Lane - trombone
Nick is heard throughout STRAIGHT OUTTA LYNWOOD.

Nicolette Larson - vocals
Backing vocals on "Good Old Days" and "Alimony".

Jay Levey - specialty vocal
Al's manager gets into the act with the great screams in "Nature Trail To Hell" and "Livin' In The Fridge". Jay also sang and clapped on "I Love Rocky Road", "Wanna B Ur Lovr," and appeared as Gandhi in the "Gandhi II" commercial from UHF.

John "Juke" Logan - harmonica
Tasty harmonica licks in "Ode To A Superhero."

Sue Lubin - vocals
Better known to Dementites as Sulu, she provided backing vocals on the first demo of "I'll Be Mellow When I'm Dead", and the demo of "Gotta Boogie" on the Placebo ep.

Warren Luening - trumpet
Polka medley magic on IN 3-D, DARE TO BE STUPID, POLKA PARTY!, UHF, OFF THE DEEP END, ALAPALOOZA, BAD HAIR DAY, RUNNING WITH SCISSORS, POODLE HAT, STRAIGHT OUTTA LYNWOOD and ALPOCALYPSE. Warren added other trumpet parts as needed on "Spy Hard", "The Weird Al Show Theme" and notably on "Toothless People."

Tom Lyons - glockenspiel
Added just the right touch on "The Night Santa Went Crazy" on the Penn & Teller Sin City Spectacular.

Tress MacNeille - vocals
She sang the Lucy part in "Ricky", and played the part in the video, too! (Tress performed Ricky onstage with Al a few times, and on NBC TV's Rock Palace in March, 1984.) Tress also sang "how ya doin' Bernie?" in "Pretty Fly For A Rabbi".

Joan Manners - vocals
Sang backing vocals on nearly all the early demos and on "WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC. She was Jovial Joan on the Dr.Demento Show.

Ray Manzarek - keyboards
The keyboardist for the legendary Doors lent his talents to "Craigslist".

Yvette Marie - vocals
Backup vocals at the Starlight Amphitheater show in Burbank, June, 1984. Yvette was one of the Mary Jane Girls.

Cheech Marin - spoken word vocal
He delivered the Spanish welcome (to Enrico's House Of Salsa) in "Taco Grande". Cheech, you know, as in Cheech and Chong.

Tim Matta - bass
Recorded "Pacman" (1981) and the demo version of "The Check's In The Mail" (1982)

Jeff Mayer - bass & vocals
Filled-in for Steve during portions of the '87 tour opening for the Monkees, and part of the Deep End Tour of 1992. Jeff and Bermuda worked together in a few other groups.

Bryan McCann - clarinet
Backed Al on "Polka Your Eyes Out" live for the Dr.Demento 20th Anniversary shows, October, 1991.

Jim McIntosh - guitar
Extra hot licks on "The Night Santa Went Crazy" on the Penn & Teller Sin City Spectacular.

Dave McLaurin - saxophone
Backed Al on "Polka Your Eyes Out" live for the Dr.Demento 20th Anniversary shows, October, 1991.

Willie McWilliams - gong
"Big Mac" was the tour bus driver for the 1984 Tour Of The Universe Part 2. He banged a gong onstage at our Burbank show in June, 1984.

Mego - keyboards
Played the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival with tha band in Montreal in July, 1990, just before he started work with Celine Dion.

Eric Miller - handclaps
Eric was the assistant engineer on "Polkamon" and was recruited to clap hands.

Joel Miller - bongos
He backed Al during their college days in the late '70s, including on "Take Me Down". Joel played on the demo of "Gotta Boogie" on the Placebo ep, and on "WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC and IN 3-D.

Gene Morford - vocals
One of the 'Beach Boys' soundalike singers on "Trigger Happy".

Natasha Neece - vocals
Backups on "The Plumbing Song".

Peggy Newman - vocals
Backups on "The Plumbing Song".

Andy Newmark - percussion
Played maracas on "Addicted To Spuds", on David Brenner's Night Life TV show. Andy is a well-known studio drummer who has worked with John Lennon and George Harrison.

Joe Nipper - guitar
Played on "Pacman". Joe led the band Nipper, in which Bill Anderson and Bermuda were members in 1980 & '81.

Sarah O'Brien - cello
on STRAIGHT OUTTA LYNWOOD.

Brian Otto - guitar & vocals
Subbed for Jim West at various shows during the 1996/97 Bad Hair Tour. Brian also appeared in the "house band" on CBS' The Weird Al Show (Because I Said So, episode 3607), and on Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular, performing "The Night Santa Went Crazy".

Tony Papa - belches
That's right, belches! Tony, Al's studio recording engineer since 1983, gets the credit for those soda-induced sounds on "Eat It" and "Albuquerque". www.tonypapa.net

Don Pardo - spoken word vocal
Even if you don't know the name, you recognize the voice! Don says "That's right Al, YOU LOST!" on the recording and in the video for "I Lost On Jeopardy".

Herb Pedersen - banjo
"Genius In France" on POODLE HAT.

Joel Peskin - clarinet
Live horns for the polkas on IN 3-D, DARE TO BE STUPID, POLKA PARTY!, OFF THE DEEP END, ALAPALOOZA, BAD HAIR DAY, POODLE HAT, STRAIGHT OUTTA LYNWOOD, ALPOCVALYPSE, and "Polkamon" (from the 2nd Pokémon movie.)

Lisa Popeil - vocals
Backups on IN 3-D, POLKA PARTY!, STRAIGHT OUTTA LYNWOOD, "Amish Paradise", "Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me", the Nancy Kerrigan scream and vocals on "Headline News", and some tricky bits on "Hardware Store." Lisa also joined Al onstage for the Starlight Amphitheater show in Burbank, June, 1984.

Petsye Powell - vocals
Background vocals on IN 3-D.

Dan Regan - trombone
No relation to Pat below, Dan's a member of Reel Big Fish, and played the "bone" on "Your Horoscope For Today" on RUNNING WITH SCISSORS.

Pat Regan - keyboards
Recorded IN 3-D, DARE TO BE STUPID, and POLKA PARTY! Pat also joined Al onstage at the Starlight Amphitheater show in Burbank, June, 1984, and for a "practice show" the day before. He later went out on the '85 Stupid Tour and part of the '87 tour opening for the Monkees.

Bill Reichenbach - trombone
Listen for some classic slide work on "The Weird Al Show Theme", and "Polka Power!" on RUNNING WITH SCISSORS.

Dorothy Remsen - harp
She's heard at the end of "Ricky", during the I Love Lucy Theme.

Marty Rifkin - pedal steel guitar
A long-time acquaintance of Bermuda & Jim, Marty added some great licks to "Truck Drivin' Song" on RUNNING WITH SCISSORS and "TMZ" on ALPOCALYPSE.

John Roarke - spoken word vocal
Ed McMahon was out of town, so John handled Ed's trademark 'Hey-oh' on "Here's Johnny".

Andrea Robinson - vocals
Backup vocals on IN 3-D, and at the Starlight Amphitheater show in Burbank, June, 1984.

The Roots
The house band for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon backed Al on a web-only performance of Good Old Days (October, 2009)

Jim Rose - announcer
The voice of the "Gandhi II" commercial.

Neil Ross - specialty vocal
Voice-over announcer for selected commercials in "Can't Watch This".

Frank Sanchez - bass
Recorded the demo of "Happy Birthday" in January, 1981.

Vince Sanchez - piano, vocals
Vince and Al go way back, and they made several home recordings together in the '70s. (Vince is Frank's younger brother!)

Pat Sauber - banjo
Son of Tom Sauber (see below), Pat played on "Truck Drivin' Song" on RUNNING WITH SCISSORS.

Tom Sauber - fiddle
Father of Pat Sauber (see above), Tom played on "My Baby's In Love With Eddie Vedder" on RUNNING WITH SCISSORS.

Dr. Roger Schuster - dentist's drill
"Cavity Search" dentist drill sound effects were provided by Al's own dentist!

Bill Scott - specialty vocal
The voice of the original George Of The Jungle lent authenticity to Al's version of the cartoon theme.

Jim Self - tuba
Recorded "Polkas on 45" and "Polka Face".

Donny Sierer - saxophone
Sax on the UHF album.

Dawn Smithey - vocals
Sang backup vocals on "Gotta Boogie" on the "WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC album.

Mike Solton - vocals
Madman Mike sang on the demo of "Gotta Boogie" on the Placebo ep.

David Spinoza - guitar
Additional guitar on "Addicted To Spuds" for David Brenner's Night Life TV show.

Bill Steinway - keyboards
Filled-in for Ruben for six shows in the summer of 1994.

The Step Sisters - vocals
Vocals on "Spatula City".

Gary Stockdale - keyboard
The musical director for Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular, Gary also helped Al on "The Night Santa Went Crazy", performed on the show.

Joe Sublet - saxophone
Recorded EVEN WORSE.

Bill Sutton - bass & vocals
During the 1992 Deep End tour, July 3rd in Peoria IL was a night where neither Jeff Mayer or Steve were available. Bill was recommended by the musician's union, and Steve coached him over the phone and by Fedex. He performed very admirably under the circumstances!

DJ Swamp - scratching
Scratches & effects on "Wanna B Ur Lovr" on POODLE HAT.

Ernie Tack - tuba
Usually on bass trombone, this Tonight Show Band member backed Al & his band on "Hooked On Polkas" on the Tonight Show, July 25, 1985.

Bob Tebow - vocal
Bass vocal on "Midnight Star".

Tegan - vocals
Sang on the demo of "Gotta Boogie" on the Placebo ep.

Lee Thornburg - trumpet, trombone
Horns on RUNNING WITH SCISSORS, POODLE HAT and STRAIGHT OUTTA LYNWOOD.

Those Darn Accordions! - accordions!!
The members of that fabulous group joined Al & the band onstage twice - on April 27 and July 4, 1994 - during Al's encore, Yoda.

Thom Tollerson - guitar & vocals
Filled-in for Jim in a November, 1982 show.

Tohm & Jeri - vocals
These ladies sang on "Another One Rides The Bus" and the demo of "Gotta Boogie" on the Placebo ep.

Tommy Vavrick - guitar & vocals
Al's first "live" guitarist. Tommy "Rocko" played the Knott's Halloween Haunt shows in October, 1981. Al never heard from him again.

Al Viola - banjo
Despite his namesake, Mr. Viola played banjo on "This Is The Life".

Scott Walton - keyboards
Replaced Pat Regan on keyboards during the '87 tour opening for the Monkees.

Tom Walters - bass & vocals
Recorded "Take Me Down".

The Waters Sisters - vocals
Julia & Maxine Waters sang backups on "Cable TV", and on POLKA PARTY!, UHF, OFF THE DEEP END and POODLE HAT.

Oren & Luther Waters
Related to the Waters Sisters, they sang on "I Was Only Kidding".

Beau Weaver - specialty vocal
Voice-over announcer for selected commercials in "Can't Watch This".

Corinne Weickman - vocals
Sang and clapped on the demo of "I Love Rocky Road".

Tavis Werts - trumpet
A member of Reel Big Fish, Tavis added parts to "Your Horsoscope For Today" on RUNNING WITH SCISSORS.

Jerry Whitman - vocals
One of the 'Beach Boys' soundalike singers on "Trigger Happy".

Lily Wilson - vocals
While visiting the studio, Lily clapped and sang on "Albuquerque" and "Truck Drivin' Song" on RUNNING WITH SCISSORS.

Bela Yankovic - barking
A perfectly-placed 'yap' at 3:03 in "Genius In France" (from the appropriately named POODLE HAT album.)

Bo Yankovic - sfx
Weasel noises on "Weasel Stomping Day."

Frankie Yankovic - accordion
Still no relation, the late Polka King joined Al in a music medley for CBS' "Weird Al's Guide To The Grammys" in 1986.

Nina Yankovic - sfx
Weasel noises on "Weasel Stomping Day."

Suzanne Yankovic - claps & sfx
Clapping on "Wanna B Ur Lovr" and weasel noises on "Weasel Stomping Day."

Dweezil Zappa - guitar
Opening solo on "Genius In France" on POODLE HAT.

Jimmy Zavala - saxophone & harmonica
Heard on the IN 3-D, DARE TO BE STUPID and UHF albums.