About Us

The Hit Men are five brilliant musicians and singers who, throughout the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s, toured and recorded with some of the biggest names in the music business - huge stars from Frankie Valli and Carly Simon, to Tommy James, Carole King, Cat Stevens, Jim Croce, Cheap Trick , Elton John, Paul McCartney, Barry Manilow, Rod Stewart, Blood Sweat & Tears, and many, many more. They are not a tribute act. They are not the former cast of a Broadway musical.They are the actual artists who helped rocket so many songs to the top of the Billboard charts.

They are: keyboardist and group founder Lee Shapiro, lead guitarist/vocalist Jimmy Ryan, bassist/vocalist Jeff Ganz, keyboardist, percussionist & vocalist Russ Velazquez and drummer and vocalist, Steve Murphy. You may not know their names, but you went to their concerts, heard them on the radio, watched them on TV, and bought their records. They have appeared on over eighty five albums, won multiple Gold and Platinum Recording Awards, Emmy nominations, Telly Awards, Clio Awards and more.

Since coming together in November 2010, this incomparable quintet has made their legacy of number one hits come to life like no other group.The reason is simple - The Hit Men are extraordinary players and singers as well as world-class entertainers -- but, most importantly, they were there when these songs were recorded, and they have the backstage, insider stories to prove it.

The Hit Men credentials, showmanship and sheer talent are unmatched by any other group in modern music. They deliver sizzling shows that combine hit after hit after hit with eye-popping videos and reminiscences born from their witnessing and making musical history.

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Lee Shapiro

Lee Shapiro

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Barry Manilow, Bob Gaudio, Paul Schaffer

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Jimmy Ryan

Jimmy Ryan

Carly Simon, Cat Stevens, Jim Croce, Elton John and Kiki Dee, The Critters

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Jeff Ganz

Jeff Ganz

Cheap Trick, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Roy Buchanan, Lou Reed

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Russ Velazquez

Russ Velazquez

Sting, Carole King, The Ramones, LL Cool J, Luter Vandross, Korn, Paula Abdul, Chicago

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Steve Murphy

Steve Murphy

Elton John, Alan Parsons Project, Felix Cavaliere, Dave Mason, The Turtles

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Tour Dates

Date Venue City Tickets/Info
October 7, 2017 The Franklin PAC Franklin, IN Ticket Info
October 13, 2017 The McAnnich Arts Center Glen Ellyn, Il Ticket Info
October 14, 2017 The Mohegan Sun Uncasville, CT Ticket Info
October 20, 2017 The Shea, Wm. Patterson Univ. Wayne, NJ Ticket Info
October 21, 2017 The Strand Lakewood, NJ Ticket Info
November 5, 2017 The Maryland Theatre Hagerstown, MD Ticket Info
November 11, 2017 The Harris Center Folsom, CA Ticket Info
November 12, 2017 The Redding Civic Auditorium Folsom, CA Ticket Info
November 17, 2017 Tarrytown Music Hall Tarrytown, NY Ticket Info
December 15, 2017 The Cerritos PAC Cerritos, CA Ticket Info
December 31, 2017 The Texan Theater Greenville, TX Ticket Info
February 17, 2018 The Broadway Theater Pitman, NJ Ticket Info
February 20, 2018 Century Village West Palm Beach, FL Ticket Info
February 21, 2018 Century Village Boca Raton, FL Ticket Info
February 22, 2018 Century Village Hollywood, FL
February 23, 2018 The Sunrise Theatre Fort Pierce, FL Ticket Info
February 24, 2018 Century Villages Deerfield Beach, FL Ticket Info
March 2, 2018 The Flagler Auditorium Palm Coast, FL Ticket Info
March 3, 2018 Coral Springs Center Coral Springs, FL Ticket Info
March 4, 2018 Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, Florida Ticket Info
March 5, 2018 Artis PAC Naples, FL Ticket Info
March 10, 2018 Lake Sumter State Leesburg, FL Ticket Info
March 11, 2018 Lake Sumter State Leesburg, FL Ticket Info
March 15, 2018 The Manship Theatre Baton Rouge, LA Ticket Info
March 16, 2018 Oxford PAC Oxford, AL Ticket Info
April 28, 2018 The Playhouse on Rodney Square Wilmington, DE Ticket Info
May 12, 2018 Diamond Jo Casino Dubuque, IA Ticket Info
June 2, 2018 Downtown Cabaret - 2 shows! Bridgeport, CT Ticket Info


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The Hit Men "Time Travel"

Contact Us

Booking Management

BiCoastal Productions

talent@BiCoastalProductions.com New York: 212 268 6969

Press/Public Relations

Insights & Ideas Unlimited, Fran Heller

frannieron@aol.com 917 686 3313