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Hall of Famer, Jim Juve & the ’80 Boys to be honored at West Union dance this Sunday

It’s shaping up to be a fun afternoon for all, and the public is invited to attend. As the organizers say, “Come join us for a good time.”

The July 28 Sunday afternoon event is an old fashioned dance and birthday party in West Union.

Longtime music, entertainment and events promoter, Jim Juve of Decorah, will be among birthday boys honored this Sunday afternoon, July 28, during a 2-band dance at the West Union Event Center.

The West Union Event Center https://www.westunion.com/business/west-union-event-center.html  is located at 10201 Harding Road.

Two popular bands, the Old Time Toe Tappers, and the Country Time Palomino Band, will perform Sunday afternoon for the dance.

The Toe Tappers will perform at 1 p.m. followed by the Palomino Band at 3:30 p.m.

Jim Juve, is a member of the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association Hall of Fame. https://www.iowarocknroll.com/

He was a Hall of Fame inductee in 2014.

Sunday, Jim will join friends, fellow Decorah resident, Roger Hammel, Frank Lonning of Waukon  and Elliot Olson of Clermont for a birthday celebration as part of the afternoon dance event.. They will celebrate their birthdays as The 80 Boys.

Jim will be 80 next Monday, July 29.

Birthday cake will be served. Organizers say “Come join us for a good time.”

On a personal side note, I first met Jim Juve some 44 years ago when I was KWWL Sports Director.

Back then, Jim, who grew up in Decorah,  was a young, very energetic and enthusiastic entrepreneur, who was willing to promote literally anything he could think of.  He invited me to Decorah for a story about one of his upcoming sporting events, a motorcycle hill climb.

We have remained friends and in contact from time to time over all these years.

Among his many adventures, Jim has been a night club owner, radio DJ, Band promoter, golf course founder and music promoter. You name it; Jim has likely done it. He is truly a one-of-a-kind ‘self-made’ businessman with an amazing passion for music, especially rock and roll music.

Jim and some friends had attended the Buddy Holly “Winter Dance Party’ tour concert at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake only hours before the fatal plane crash February 3, 1959.

When he was inducted into the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association Hall of Fame, Jim was quoted as saying, “I just enjoy the challenge of doing it [promoting] and meeting the people and performers.”  Jim said he believes you never really do this job alone, that it the people who support you and help you along the way that makes you a success.

He told the Hall of Fame: “I feel blessed to be here as an inductee.”

In the late 1950’s, Jim decided to take his “Jim Juve Coca-Cola Teen Time Dances” on the road. He would play is music shows all over Northeast Iowa, southern Wisconsin and Minnesota. It was that summer, the summer of 1959, when Jim began working as a music promoter across Iowa and the midwest.

The first act he ever booked was a man named Ray Ruff. Ruff was one of the very first Buddy Holly impersonators, who worked to make sure Holly’s music lived on, following the plane crash earlier that year on February 3rd, near Clear Lake.

Jim came from a very large Decorah family. He was the oldest of nine children. He told the Hall of Fame: “My folks took us to Matter’s Ballroom on Saturday nights and taught us how to dance.”

By the time he was ten years old, Jim was working at Matter’s. Leonard Matter would be a mentor and friend to him for many years.

A bass player, Jim was in a Northeast Iowa  band, and told me his band once played a ‘Live’ performance in the KWWL studios in Waterloo.

Jim’s Hall of Fame bio says this:  https://www.iowarocknroll.com/jimjuve

Over the years Juve has brought a myriad of recording artists to Winneshiek County and to different venues, some of which he has owned. In the 1970s, he introduced local music venues to bands like Mississippi, Cheyenne and White Sidewalls.

He also promoted disco dance contests at the Tap Room during this time. In the 1980s, he promoted nightly dinner shows at the Cliff House, bringing in the music of the Platters for live performances along with the Diamonds and the Drifters. In the 1990s, he catered to the line dancing crowd at Cowboy’s Saloon and Dance Hall. In addition Juve was a deejay for KFIL (Preston, MN), KQYB (Spring Grove, MN), and KNEI (Waukon, IA).

In 1985 Juve built a small 9-hole golf course called Country View outside of Decorah and remodeled the old barn into a venue for music. Country View still operates today as a club for local bands and recording artists.

​You can join Jim and his friends this Sunday afternoon, July 28, at the West Union Events Center, for an afternoon of fun and dancing. It all starts at 1 p.m.

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Ron Steele

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