The Hit Men Biography: Gerry Polci

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Gerry Polci was born and raised in Passaic, New Jersey and begun his professional music career at age 14, playing drums and singing at private parties and night clubs throughout the Tri-State area. After attending Montclair State University for two years and studying with renowned drummer and technician, Joe Morells, Gerry successfully auditioned as drummer Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in 1973.

During his tenure with The Four Seasons, Gerry toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, England, Australia and other stops throughout Europe, and performed on numerous TV shows including, “The Midnight Special,” “Dick Clarks New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” Dong Kirschner’s “In Concert,” and “The Sonny and Cher Show.”

His recording with the group became worldwide hits including:

·         “Who Loves You” – Drums and background vocals, #3 Billboard Charts worldwide

·         “Silver Star” – Drums, lead vocals, background vocals, Top 40 in the U.S. and #1 in Europe

·         “Dec. ’63 (Oh What a Night)” – Drums, lead vocal, background vocals, #1 Billboard charts worldwide

·         “Oh What a Night,” became the largest selling record in Four Season history, and the longest running single on the Billboard Hot 100.

Gerry’s career has also included recording music for assorted artists in New York and Los Angeles, recording music for television shows such as “The White Shadow,” and “The Rockford Files,” playing drums and singing on commercials in Los Angeles, and he has also had the pleasure of working with Barry Manilow in 1978 as his music director on four television shows in New York and Philadelphia, all of this occurring during his tenure with The Four Seasons.

In 1990, Gerry left the group and moved back to New Jersey, where he returned to Montclair State University and finished his Music Education degree. Upon graduation, Gerry was offered a music teaching position in New Providence, New Jersey, and has taught there since 1995. Gerry has two beautiful children.