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February 13, 2005
'Maybe the Grammys just said, "It's time for somebody new to win." If that's the case, that's great.' -- Jimmy Sturr The 14-time winner who is not among the polka nominees for the first time since the category was added in 1986
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June 6, 2009 | Associated Press
The waltz is over for America's Polka King, Jimmy Sturr, not to mention every other squeezebox-loving, oompah-dancing fanatic who followed the Grammy Awards each year just to learn whether Sturr would collect yet another trophy for best polka album of the year. Moving to ensure that its awards show remains what it called "pertinent within the current musical landscape," the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has eliminated its best polka album category. Sturr had won the competition 18 times in the last 24 years.
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June 6, 2009 | Associated Press
The waltz is over for America's Polka King, Jimmy Sturr, not to mention every other squeezebox-loving, oompah-dancing fanatic who followed the Grammy Awards each year just to learn whether Sturr would collect yet another trophy for best polka album of the year. Moving to ensure that its awards show remains what it called "pertinent within the current musical landscape," the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has eliminated its best polka album category. Sturr had won the competition 18 times in the last 24 years.
BUSINESS
December 9, 2005 | Charles Duhigg, Times Staff Writer
After a year in exile, the "Polka King" is a step closer to reclaiming his Grammy throne. Jimmy Sturr's "Shake, Rattle & Polka!" on Thursday scored a nomination for best polka album, capping a campaign to correct what his fans saw as an egregious slight last year. That's when polka's all-time Grammy winner failed to secure a nomination for the first time since 1986, a victim, some say, of catty infighting within the genre. Sturr is the man polka purists love to hate.
BUSINESS
December 9, 2005 | Charles Duhigg, Times Staff Writer
After a year in exile, the "Polka King" is a step closer to reclaiming his Grammy throne. Jimmy Sturr's "Shake, Rattle & Polka!" on Thursday scored a nomination for best polka album, capping a campaign to correct what his fans saw as an egregious slight last year. That's when polka's all-time Grammy winner failed to secure a nomination for the first time since 1986, a victim, some say, of catty infighting within the genre. Sturr is the man polka purists love to hate.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 2004 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
Think about the all-time multiple Grammy-winning musicians and what names come to mind? Henry Mancini, Stevie Wonder, Alison Krauss, Georg Solti, Jimmy Sturr.... Jimmy Sturr? Exceedingly few musicians have more Grammy statues on their mantels than Sturr, but the 52-year-old musician from New York State may be the only performer with more than a dozen Grammys for whom "household name" status remains elusive.
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March 1, 1994 | DAVID KRONKE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If CBS thinks it found drama at the Winter Olympics, wait until the network trains its cameras on tonight's Grammy showdown between Jimmy Sturr and Walter Ostanek. Sturr and Ostanek are going head-to-head in the best polka album category in an up-close-and-personal duel that has the potential for more pathos than someone's mother collapsing on "The Montel Williams Show."
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February 9, 2004 | Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
The Polka King was a no-show. Could it be that after being nominated for best polka recording Grammys for 18 straight years and winning 14 times, Jimmy Sturr had become blase about the awards? Why else would he be playing a show in Florida on Sunday instead of being at Staples Center to pick up No. 15, which he won for "Let's Polka Round"? "They changed the day," Sturr, 51, said by phone Sunday. "I get booked like a year in advance, and they changed the Grammy date this year.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 9, 2006 | Randy Lewis
With 108 categories, there's always plenty of Grammy trivia: Georg Solti, the longtime music director of the esteemed Chicago Symphony, remains the all-time Grammy champ, with 31 victories. But the most consistent winner? Polka king Jimmy Sturr. The clarinetist and bandleader, who won again Wednesday, has the highest batting average of anyone with 10 or more Grammys, winning 15 of his 19 nominations, for a 78.9% success rate. The lowest? Poor Paul McCartney.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2005
'Maybe the Grammys just said, "It's time for somebody new to win." If that's the case, that's great.' -- Jimmy Sturr The 14-time winner who is not among the polka nominees for the first time since the category was added in 1986
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 2004 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
Think about the all-time multiple Grammy-winning musicians and what names come to mind? Henry Mancini, Stevie Wonder, Alison Krauss, Georg Solti, Jimmy Sturr.... Jimmy Sturr? Exceedingly few musicians have more Grammy statues on their mantels than Sturr, but the 52-year-old musician from New York State may be the only performer with more than a dozen Grammys for whom "household name" status remains elusive.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 1994 | DAVID KRONKE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If CBS thinks it found drama at the Winter Olympics, wait until the network trains its cameras on tonight's Grammy showdown between Jimmy Sturr and Walter Ostanek. Sturr and Ostanek are going head-to-head in the best polka album category in an up-close-and-personal duel that has the potential for more pathos than someone's mother collapsing on "The Montel Williams Show."
OPINION
June 6, 2009
The polka world was rocked -- well, maybe not rocked, but sent reeling across the cruise-ship dance floor -- when the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced this week that it was eliminating the best polka album category from the Grammy Awards. But then, what do you expect from an academy committee made up of a bunch of music industry hipsters who probably think a "squeezebox" is a new Wii controller?
NEWS
February 22, 1990
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