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, Luther 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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The Hit Men


Tour Dates

Date Venue City Tickets/Info
March 23, 2019 The Rialto Theater Loveland, CO Ticket Info
April 7, 2019 Lock One Community Arts New Bremen, OH Ticket Info
April 10, 2019 Artis/Naples Artis Naples, FL Ticket Info
April 11, 2019 Artis/Naples Artis Naples, FL Ticket Info
April 12, 2019 Artis/Naples Artis Naples, FL Ticket Info
April 19, 2019 The Mahaffey Theater St. Petersburg, FL Ticket Info
April 20, 2019 Mayo Center Morristown, NJ Ticket Info
April 27, 2019 The Cutting Room New York, NY 212-691-1900
May 10, 2019 Blue Gate Theater Shipshewana, IN Ticket Info
June 13, 2019 The Paramount Huntington NY Ticket Info
June 15, 2019 Broadway Theater Pitman, NJ Ticket Info
July 13, 2019 Vinegar Hill Music Theatre Arundel, ME Ticket Info
August 31, 2019 Private Event Purchase, NY Let me know when tickets go on sale
September 21, 2019 The Missouri Theater St. Joseph, MO Ticket Info
October 19, 2019 The Gracie Theater Bangor, ME Ticket Info
October 24, 2019 River Oaks Lafayette, LA 337-205-6013‬
November 17, 2019 Mohegan Sun Uncasville, CT Ticket Info
November 23, 2019 Circle Square Commons Ocala, FL Ticket Info
December 10, 2019 Whatley Center for Performing Arts Mt. Pleasant, TX Let me know when tickets go on sale
December 12, 2019 Palace Theater Corsicana, TX Let me know when tickets go on sale
March 5, 2020 Barbara B. Mann Hall Fort Meyers, FL Let me know when tickets go on sale

Fan Raves

Just a few of the 5-Star reviews appearing on TicketMaster.com!

"AMAZING - The stage was electrifying, the harmony and the sound is out of this world. My wife and I had tears in our eyes.. Each song brought beautiful memories, when they will be in our area we'll come to see you again... and again."


"THE HIT MEN WERE EXACTLY THAT... THE HIT MEN! - Their performance was perfect. The amount of energy displayed by these aged professionals was incredible!"


"THE HIT MEN WERE AWESOME! - The new songs were fabulous; the old songs were fabulous; the backstories were wonderful. I had a rockin’ good time and I’m looking forward to their next concert."


"A MUST EXPERIENCE! - If you've missed this show, you will have been deprived of the fastest, most entertaining 2+ hours of music and stories I have enjoyed. Will see them again when they come to the Chicagoland area. Thanks guys."


"GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH! - These guys are definitely 5 stars! I would classify this as the greatest show on Earth! My husband and I have been to 4 of their shows and each time we try to bring friends because I know they will love them! A great group of guys, great personality, they keep us smiling, they keep us happy! If you are from the 60's - 70's era do not miss them - go see them!"


"THE HIT MEN WERE AWESOME! - I was transported back to my teen years. The energy of the group was palpable. I wanted to dance to all those wonderful, familiar hits. Worth every penny...love the group!!!"


"THE HIT MEN - WONDERFUL & GREAT SHOW! - I am so glad I got these tickets - the show was great and by all means go and see them if you have the chance! Great musicians and very interesting about their backgrounds as well as the groups they accompanied through the years."


"THE HIT MEN - MUCH BETTER THAN ADVERTISED - Great show!! Not only did I know the words of every song they performed, they gave so much insights, stories & photos that you typically don't get at a concert. Their resumes are truly amazing - rock icons they have all performed with over the years & they play those great songs!"


"A HIT !!!!!!!!!!!!!! - My wife and I are concert goers. We have seen hundreds of them through the years and had the pleasure of seeing some amazing artists ply their craft. I say that because it will give you a little more perspective in the rating that I give this group. It simply was the best concert we have ever seen. There is not one minute during the concert where you don't want to sing at the top of your lungs. We never stopped singing along and there were always body parts moving, whether it was tapping our feet or clapping our hands. What makes it even more amazing is the fact that their aren't any fancy laser shows or choreographed dancers, just the guys sharing with us the songs of our generation. They come across as loving what they are doing as much as we loved hearing them do it!!!!! What more can you say about a performance?"

--Concert Snoopy--

And a few of the 5-Star reviews that were posted on The Hit Men's Facebook page!

"Last night was the third time my husband and I have seen this group in Florence, Oregon. Last night's show was exceptional in variety of songs, and exceptional vocals. ESPECIALLY the new drummer!!! OMG, a voice to die for!! The Hit Men are pure fun and entertainment for all ages for 1.5 hours!! Great inexpensive date night for $100-ish (dinner, show, and a little slot machine gambling).The Hit Men always leave you wanting more!! Thanks for a great show every time guys!!"

--Karla Marie Hand--

This is a phenomenal music group. These gentlemen were there in the limelight when the hits were recorded and they continue to perform their hits to this day. The beauty of The Hit Men is that each member came from or performed with different artists so their sound is not generic but rather multi-faceted. Combine their talent with their reasonable ticket prices and you are in for the time of your life. Go see Lee, Russ, Jimmy, Steve and Jeff aka The Hit Men soon."

--Judy Santoro Lutz--

"Thank you to all The Hit Men for a fantastic fun show last night in Florence, Oregon. I can't wait for you to come back again soon so I can bring more people. You still got it! That was so much fun."

--Jeanne L. Barrett--

"I loved this show in Florence, Oregon. The new drummer has an awesome voice and I loved the music and stories! One of my all-time favorite concerts and I have been to a lot! I hope they come back to either Florence or Coos Bay!"

--Jennifer Michalke Graham--

"Five of five for sure. Not only great performers but helped the audience relive their youth through wonderful stories and songs. Refreshing that they did not feel the need to rely on expletives to tell their stories. Stories and songs actually lived by one or more of the performers."

--Fred Lacey--

"Never miss a chance to see The Hit Men... brings us back to a wonderful time in our lives and not to sound old, but when music was music!!"

--Alice Janczak--

"Each is an outstanding musician in his own right - such an enjoyable, rockin' good time! My husband and I really enjoyed the back stories - the stories they shared of their experiences with different people in the industry. Mega talent here, can't wait to see them again and again! Thank you gentlemen for helping to keep our memories alive!"

--Patti Schwabl--

"First time seeing these awesome multiple talented musicians. If you ever get a chance to see this group, don't miss it. What a show they put on, you will be glad you attended. Just saw them in Florence, Oregon, so glad we drove up from Coos Bay. Will look forward to seeing them again. Thank you."

--DeeDee Kessell-Brechel--

"Saw this group for the first time on May 13, 2017 in Florence, OR. What a show!! They were awesome, the voices, the songs and the history they gave about their time with different bands EXCEPTIONAL!! My husband and I want to see them again!!!"

--Sarah Guiney Amlin--

"Great musicians playing the greatest hits!! They are so much more than 'a band'.. and entertain with the best voices and instruments around!"

--Shari Greer--

"Definitely a five! This was one of the best shows I have ever seen. They are so talented."

--Pat Wolford--

"So much talent presented on that stage! The Hit Men are not to be missed when they come to town! Thank you for an awesome show tonight in Florence, Oregon!!!"

--Barbara Wallstrom--

"You are the most talented and kind band around! You rock!"

--Chrys Stout-Yonkins--

"Amazing group of talented men. Excellent showmanship."

--Sue Bullard--

"One of the GREATEST concerts I've seen in a while. Non-stop entertainment. If you have a chance to see and hear them, DO IT!!"

--John Seal--

"Amazing talent! Boomers - don't miss this concert!"

--Shari Hurl Tracey—


Don't Stop Believin' • I Want To Know What Love Is • Pinball Wizard • Happy Together • Dec '63 Oh What A Night and more • Plus the new original song by Jim Ryan and Mike Ragogna, "You Can't Fight Love"
Good Lovin' • Joy To The World • Locomotion • Peace Train • Saturday Night's Alright • Anticipation and more
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The Hit Men CDs

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