"Jimmi" Accardi

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James Leonard "Jimmi" Accardi is a musician, songwriter, and music producer.

Accardi has been in various bands, including, Mud In Your Eye ("Million"- Mandala Records 1972), The Laughing Dogs, and Jimmi Accardi & The Wild Cats. He also toured as lead guitarist for Chubby Checker. Accardi played lead guitar in the band Foxtrot, which backed up Rupert Holmes on his self-titled album (Epic Records) and Eon on their self-titled album (Scepter Records 1975). Accardi toured as singer, lead guitarist, and songwriter for The Laughing Dogs, who recorded two albums on Columbia Records, later re-released on Sony. With The Laughing Dogs, Accardi toured as lead guitarist behind Mickey Dolenz and Davy Jones of The Monkees. Accardi also toured as lead guitarist for the Eddy Dixon Band and with Eddy produced and recorded soundtracks for motion pictures The Complete Beatles and The Loveless. He produced three albums for Rockabilly Hall of Fame artist Al Hendrix and co-wrote songs ("Rockabilly Baby", "Never Stop Rockin'") with him. His song "Dance My Blues Away" was recorded by Rockabilly Hall of Fame legend Charlie Gracie (on ABKCO CD: "For The Love of Charlie").

At his studio, "The Tone Zone", in Elmhurst, NY (under the name James Leonard), he produced and engineered records for rap artists Scott LaRock and Boogie Down Productions (including the original versions of "South Bronx", "The P is Free", and "Showtime"), Ultra Magnetic ("Funky Potion", "Hook Me Up"), The Notorious Garter Kids ("Louie"), Miss Melodie ("Melody"), and KRS-1. He is also an artist on paper and canvas. His radio show, "Jimmi Accardi's Rock & Roll Party" is on KVMR-FM, Nevada City, CA. His original music has been licensed by PBS, MSNBC, UBC, CMT, HGTV, Animal Planet, USA Network, MSG Network, A&E Channel, WE Channel, Green Channel, Food Network, Cartoon Network, and others.

"Jimmi" Accardi

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