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Jimmy Ryan started playing guitar at 10 years old and began performing for audiences at fifteen. By seventeen he had his first recording contract and by eighteen, scored his first hit record as lead guitarist, vocalist and co-songwriter with The Critters. The band began as a high school project and ended up a national phenomenon with three top hits, "Younger Girl," "Mr. Dieingly Sad," and "Don't Let The Rain Fall Down on Me" which Jimmy penned, as well as several chart records including, "Marrying Kind of Love," "Bad Misunderstanding," and "Touch & Go." When the Critters split up in 1969, Jimmy continued his career as lead guitarist, backup vocalist, often arranger, and occasional co-writer with Carly Simon, recording such hits as "Anticipation," "You're So Vain," the Academy Award winning song, "Let The River Run" and many more. He has performed with Carly in two HBO specials "Live From Martha's Vineyard," and "My Romance" and played on the Carly Simon soundtracks and songs from the movies, "Working Girl," "Sleepless in Seattle," "Postcards From the Edge", "This is My Life," "Little Black Book," and "The Falcon & The Snowman" earning one platinum and four gold records. His working relationship with Carly spanned twenty one years, and they remain close friends to this day. Jimmy has also recorded albums with many other artists, most notably Cat Stevens and Jim Croce, receiving a gold record for each, as well as recording with Rod Stewart, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, John Entwhistle (bassist of the Who), Jim Webb, Elton John and Kiki Dee, The Doors, Matthew Fischer (Keyboards: Procol Harem) and many more. When not performing with "The Hit Men," Jimmy composes music for film and TV under his alter ego's name, James Ryan. To date, he has scored thirty-eight films as well as award-winning Documentaries for NBC, CBS, two Winter Olympics and the theme for the Paralympics. He has composed music for USA Network, Discovery Channel, APT, PBS, ESPN, Lifetime TV, WE TV, A&E, Showtime, Comedy Central, Food Network, Yes Network, The History Channel, and NOVA Science as well as music for hundreds of radio & TV commercials. His news themes are featured on CNBC, NBC News, CBS News, Telemundo Noticerio and ABC News programs. The Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. is currently featuring two films that Jimmy scored. The George Washington Museum in Mount Vernon is featuring five films with Jimmy’s music, and Independence Hall in Philadelphia is currently featuring Jimmy's music in their introductory presentation of "The Liberty Bell." Jimmy is a founding member of The Hit Men and has been their lead guitarist, co-arranger and co-lead singer since 2010.