The Hit Men
The 60’s, 70’s and 80’s were a golden era for songwriting and during that period acts like Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Tommy James and The Shondells, and other big name chart-busting groups created beloved hits that have been heard for generations and are woven into America’s consciousness.
Now, after decades behind the scenes, some of the greatest artists who were instrumental in the success of these fabulous songs have reunited to form THE HIT MEN. Not Broadway actors, these guys are the real performers who traveled all over the world, creating music and memories---from Madison Square Garden to the UK!
A group of six amazing performers, superb musicians, superior vocalists, great arrangers and creative composers, THE HIT Men are the original hitmakers of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s – including 3 of the original performing members Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, 2 of Tommy James’ Shondells, two founding members of The Critters, and band-mates who played and performed with Jim Croce, Cat Stevens, Carly Simon and other mega-star acts.
On the road touring as THE HIT MEN, this brotherhood of musicians relive the magic they created on world stages and in recording studios years ago, bringing audiences a night of mega-hit after mega-hit, after mega-hit -- including everyone’s favorite Four Seasons songs like “Oh What a Night”, “Who Loves You”, “Marianne”, “Silence is Golden”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Rag Doll” and more great tunes made even more famous by Broadway’s Jersey Boys. And they also perform many other memorable solid gold hits that they helped make famous – including “Mony, Mony”, “Hanky Panky”, “Peace Train”, “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown”, “You’re So Vain”, “You Belong To Me”, “Mr. Dieingly Sad” and “Younger Girl”.
During their performance, THE HIT MEN also share great back stories and anecdotes from their days in recording studios and on the concert circuit; it’s a great look back through rock & roll history from the guys who lived and breathed the experience.
THE HIT MEN are:
Gerry Polci – vocalist and drummer for Franki Valli & The Four Seasons in the 1970s and for Barry Manilow in the 1980s and the original lead vocal in the Seasons’ biggest hit, “Oh What a Night”.
Lee Shapiro – vocalist and keyboardist for Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the 1970s, for Tommy James and The Shondells in the 1980s and for Barry Manilow in the 1980s.
Don Ciccone – vocalist and guitarist for Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the 1970s, for Tommy James and The Shondells in the 1980s, co-founder of The Critters in the 1960s.
Jimmy Ryan – vocalist and guitarist for Carly Simon in the 1970s, Jim Croce 1970s, co-founder of The Critters in the 1960s, Cat Stevens in 1970s, Rod Steward 1980s, Elton John & Kiki Dee and Paul McCartney in 1990
Larry Gates – vocalist and bass guitar for Desmond Child in the 1980s, Bon Jovi in the 1980s and Carole King in the 1990s
Russ Velasquez – vocals, guitar and percussion for Sting, Carole King, the Ramones, LL Cool J, Luther Vandross, Korn and Paul Abdul. A 4-time Emmy nominated composer and arranger for Sesame Street.