The Hit Men, a group of musicians who have performed along with rock and roll royalty, take center stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Dixie Carter Performing Arts and Academic Enrichment Center in Huntingdon.

For tickets and more information, visit www.dixiepac.net, or call the Dixie box office at 731-986-2100 between 10 am. and 4 p.m. weekdays. 

According to the Dixie press release, The Hit Men are artists who helped rocket some of music’s biggest songs to the top of the billboards from artists including Elton John, Carly Simon, Frankie Valli, Three Dog Night, Cat Stevens and Rod Stewart. Memorable hits like “Pinball Wizard,” “Oh, What A Night,” “You’re So Vain,” “Mony, Mony,” “Joy to the World,” “The Loco-motion” and “I Want to Know What Love Is” all bear their mark.

Hit Men founder and manager Lee Shapiro is a producer, arranger, singer and musician. As music director for Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, he arranged and performed on some of their biggest hits. He also collaborated with Barry Manilow, Tony Orlando and Tommy James and the Shondells.

Hit Men co-founder Jimmy Ryan became Carly Simon’s music director and performed with her in the studio and on the road for 21 years. His guitar is heard on works performed by Cat Stevens, Jim Croce, Rod Stewart, Paul McCartney, Elton John and many others.

Jeff Ganz is a bassist and singer who has performed with an eclectic array of artists including Blood Sweat and Tears, Johnny Winter, Cheap Trick, Lou Reed, Dr. John, Vanilla Fudge and jazz greats including Gerry Mulligan, Tito Puente and Larry Coryell.

Russ Velazquez is a singer, composer and arranger who has collaborated with everyone from Sting, The Ramones, and LL Cool J to Luther Vandross, Korn and Paula Abdul. He has earned four Emmy award nominations for his songs on “Sesame Street.”

Steve Murphy is a drummer and singer, who has toured with The Alan Parsons Project, Jack Bruce, Eric Burdon and the Animals, Chuck Negron (formerly of Three Dog Night), Felix Cavaliere (The Rascals), Dave Mason, Todd Rundgren, Christopher Cross, Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad), The Turtles, Mickey Dolenz, Gary Puckett, Mitch Ryder and more.

In April, The Hit Men became recipients of the inaugural Road Warrior award from the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

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