Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
With KVMR Since: 1999
Jimmi Accardi is a singer/songwriter, musician, composer, arranger, producer, and recording engineer as well as DJ for KVMR-FM. His show "Rock & Roll Party" explores the roots of rock and roll music with a little history and lots of exciting tunes. In 2008, Jimmi won the John Nichols Award for Excellence in Musical Programming.
Jimmi is well versed in the subject of rock and roll. As a teenager, he played backup guitar for such hit-makers as The Classics ("Till Then"), The Moonglows ("Sincerely"), The Belmonts ("Where or When"), and The Regents ("Barbara Ann"). He toured playing guitar for Chubby Checker. Later in his career, Jimmi recorded with Rupert Holmes and Harry Nilsson, and toured as the lead guitarist behind the popular voices of Mickey Dolenz and Davey Jones of The Monkees. He also performed and recorded with Evan Lurie (The Lounge Lizards, The Terminators) and Eddy Dixon.
Jimmi is lead guitarist and singer for The Laughing Dogs, who recorded two critically acclaimed albums on Columbia Records, and had songs in the Billboard charts. On tour, The Laughing Dogs have shared the stage with Pat Benatar, Cheap Trick, Talking Heads, Television, Blondie, The Police, and Patti Smith.
Jimmi's experience making records included working with producers Bruce Botnik and Eddie Kramer. He produced and engineered records for hit rap artists Scott LaRock and Boogie Down Productions, Ultra Magnetic, and KRS 1, and a number of albums with grammy-winning engineer Oz Fritz. He also produced albums for Rockabilly Hall of Fame legend Al Hendrix.
His songwriting accomplishments brought him two Billboard awards and praise from reviewers in the New York Daily News, New York Post, Boston Globe, Billboard, and Record World. His songs have enjoyed radio play worldwide. His original music has been licensed for films, computer games, and television networks PBS, MSNBC, UBC, CMT, HGTV, Animal Planet, USA Network, MSG Network, A&E Channel, WE Channel, Cartoon Network, Finnish Broadcasting Company, and others. One of Jimmi's songs was recorded by legendary rocker Charlie Gracie. His songs have been recorded by Nick Cave and Kate Segal. He cowrote songs with Al Hendrix.
Inspired by the California gold country, Jimmi produced and recorded Songs of the Gold Rush, which became the soundtrack for the musical play "Gold Rush Days", performed in Nevada County. A second CD, "On The Gold Rush Trail", followed. Jimmi taught a course, "The Art of Songwriting," at Sierra College. Jimmi won the 2008 Grassies Masters and Mentors Award. He has recorded and produced music for many aspiring artists in his studio.
In a series of comedy albums, Jimmi displayed his talent for voice and musical mimicry, satirizing such entertainers as Jimi Hendrix, Frank Sinatra, and The Beach Boys. His characters sometimes appear on the radio show.
Getting back to his roots, Jimmi performed with his rock 'n' roll band, Jimmi Accardi and The Wild Cats, and recorded a series of original rockabilly and rock'n'roll CDs. As James Leonard Accardi, he recorded the pop-rock album "Thinking Of You".
Jimmi is also an artist, writer, and film maker.
An important feature of the Rock & Roll Party show is Jimmi's mom Angelina Accardi, who calls in with recipes, movie critiques, and witty commentaries on life in general. Mom won the Broadcaster Achievement Award for the 2011 Radio Event of the Year.