Jimmy Sturr, “King of Polka” on RFDtv

Jimmy Sturr and his orchestra joined Willie this year at Farm Aid, and also, Willie recorded on one of his recent albums.   He has a regular show on the RFDtv.  Visit their website for schedule information at www.jimmysturr.com

Who’s the hottest musical attraction in the polka field? The reigning king is Jimmy Sturr, a good looking, smiling charmer with brown hair, blues eyes and a charismatic presence.Jimmy Sturr and his orchestra have over 106 recordings, many of which have been recognized and rewarded throughout the very competitive music industry. The fact that Jimmy Sturr and his orchestra are on the top ten list of the all-time Grammy Awards winners, with thirteen awards to their credit, and have received more consecutive Grammy nominations that anyone in the history of these musical awards, has made the music industry sit up and take notice. Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) has awarded Jimmy Sturr and his orchestra its highest honor, the Commendation of Excellence award, the only one ever awarded in the polka field.The band constantly attracts crowds of screaming, adoring fans wherever they go. They have been voted the #1 polka band in the country for the past ten years.

Jimmy and his orchestra have just released their third recording with country superstar Willie Nelson. In addition they have recorded with other famed artists such as The Oak Ridge Boys, Charlie Daniels, Boots Randolf, Mel Tillis, Brenda Lee, plus banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck, and folk legend Arlo Guthrie. One of the biggest highlights of Jimmy’s career came when he and the orchestra were asked to appear on The Grand Ole Opry. Not only were they the only polka band to appear, but the only band to appear with brass.

Interestingly, a question on the television show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” hosted by Regis Philbin, was, “Who is America’s polka king?” The contestant won $250,000 by correctly answering “Jimmy Sturr”. Jimmy’s music has been heard on the TV show Jeopardy and his story has appeared in print in many national publications, including The Wall Street Journal and US World and News Report. The incredible popularity and success of Jimmy Sturr and his orchestra have caught the attention of many networks, and he has appeared on CNN, ABC, NBC, FOX News. He was featured on a fifteen-minute segment on CNN Headline News that aired worldwide. In addition, the band has made several appearances on the long-time hit show, “Saturday Night Live”.

Jimmy Sturr’s music has been played on television commercials for Budweiser, Pontiac, and Mrs. T’s Pierogies, who signed Jimmy to be their National spokesperson.

Due to the great demand for live appearances by Jimmy Sturr and his orchestra they have an extensive road schedule of 165 dates per year. They play all across the US and make several international trips yearly. While on the road they travel in Jimmy’s forty-five foot customized tour bus. The band’s travels have taken them to some of the most prestigious venues in the world, including Carnegie Hall, where they played seven sold out shows, The Lincoln Center in New York, and The Palace of Culture in Warsaw, Poland where the band received seven standing ovations.

The Band appears annually at many of the top casinos in the country including the Tropicana and Taj Mahal in Atlantic City and the Stardust Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, where Jimmy was the first polka band to be booked by a major casino on the Strip. The sellout crowds at these events keep coming back for more wherever they see the band scheduled.

Today, Jimmy lives in the house where he grew up, and his office is across the street from the high school he attended in the upstate village of Florida, NY with a population of 1,800. His hometown recently honored Jimmy by placing a “Star of Fame” in the walkway on Main Street. They also display “Hometown of Polka King Jimmy Sturr” signs at each entrance to the village. Five gold albums, each representing five million dollars in sales, are displayed on his office walls, where he runs his various businesses, including United Polka Artists, Starr Record Company, Jimmy Sturr Travel Agency, a publishing company and a syndicated radio show.

A full scholarship gave Jimmy the opportunity to attend and graduate from Valley Forge Military Academy and the University of Scranton. Among his many accolades, and something Jimmy is very proud of, is his selection by The Valley Forge Military Academy as “Man of the Year”. He was honored with a full-dress parade in front of the Corp of Cadets at VFMA.

No one has done more for the polka field than this young Irishman from the little village of Florida, NY. If you want to see the best polka music in the country, plan to see Jimmy Sturr and his orchestra. 

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