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, The Critters, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Barry Manilow, Bon Jovi, Rod Stewart, Dion, 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 Larry Gates, 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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Larry Gates

Larry Gates

Desmond Child, Phoebe Snow, Carole King, Janis Ian, Rick Derringer

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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
September 24, 2016 Resorts Casino Hotel Atlantic City, NJ
October 1, 2016 Santander Performing Arts Reading, PA Ticket Info
October 7, 2016 Gallo Center for the Arts Modesto, CA Ticket Info
October 9, 2016 Haugh PAC at Citrus College Glendora, CA
October 14, 2016 Bergen Community College Paramus, NJ Ticket Info
October 15, 2016 Rialto Theater Joliet, IL Ticket Info
October 16, 2016 Van Singel Performing Arts Center Byron Center, MI
October 17, 2016 Sanctuary Hotel Kiawah Island, SC
October 18, 2016 Dothan Civic Center Dothan, AL
October 20, 2016 The Pines Lufkin, TX Ticket Info
October 21, 2016 OCCC Permorming Arts Center OKC, OK Ticket Info
November 12, 2016 The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center Old Saybrook, CT
November 26, 2016 Westhampton Beach Theater Westhampton Beach, NY
December 10, 2016 LUHRS Performing Arts Center - Holiday Show Shippensburg, PA Ticket Info
December 31, 2016 Blue Chip Casino Michigan City, IN
January 14, 2017 Peoples Bank Theatre Marietta, OH
February 10, 2017 The McCarter Theatre Princeton, NJ
February 18, 2017 Broadway Theatre Pitman, NJ
March 1, 2017 Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, FL Ticket Info
March 3, 2017 Flagler Auditorium Palm Coast, FL
March 4, 2017 Artis Naples, FL
March 5, 2017 Sharon Morse PAC Lady Lake, FL
March 24, 2017 The Macomb Clinton Township, MI
March 26, 2017 Arcada Theater St. Charles, IL
April 1, 2017 Scottsdale Performing Arts Center Scottsdale, AZ
April 6, 2017 Cole Auditorium Hamlet, NC
April 21, 2017 Brauntex Theatre New Braunfels, TX
April 22, 2017 Palace Theatre Corsicana, TX
April 28, 2017 The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts Wilkes-Barre, PA Tickets: (570) 826-1100
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April 29, 2017 Bergen Performing Arts Center Englewood, NJ
May 6, 2017 Niswonger PAC Van Wert, OH Ticket Info
June 17, 2017 Martin Lipscomb PAC Highlands, NC
November 5, 2017 The Maryland Theatre Hagerstown, MD


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The Hit Men "Time Travel" featuring the newest Hit Man, Steve Murphy.

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