interest in music began at an early age. It was not uncommon to find
Tender listening to neighborhood doo-wop stars, Dion and the Belmonts
as they rehearsed in his apartment foyer. One of his earliest recollections
is sitting on the stoop with his cousins Chicky, Dennis and Larry singing
"Bird Dog" by the Everly Brothers. It was evident that music
would play an important role in this youngster's development.
1963 the Polman family settled down in beautiful, colonial Westfield,
NJ, a quaint suburb of NYC. It was here that it really all began for
Tender. With stacks of assorted hit records by the Beach Boys, Ricky
Nelson, and the Four Seasons continually blaring from his second floor
bedroom, the stage was set for the ultimate defining moment.
came on Sunday, February 9, 1964 when Tender, along with 73,000,000
other viewers, witnessed The Beatles' first performance in America on
the Ed Sullivan Show. They were unlike anything that came before, and
their infectious brand of rock 'n' roll, coupled with their unique look,
inspired Tender and a few other neighborhood boys to start their own
professional career began in 1965 at the age of twelve, singing and
playing drums with neighborhood group, The Teen Tones. It was during
this time that Tender taught himself to play guitar and piano, and began
writing original songs at the age of fifteen. He continued playing drums
for various groups through out his high school and college years, covering
The Who, The Rolling Stones, Cream, and of course, The Beatles. In 1978
Tender stepped out from behind the kit for the first time to play guitar
and front The Sound. The experience and confidence he gained as group
leader paved the way for what was to come.
success came in 1981 with The Bouncing Balls, a group Tender formed
primarily to perform his original music. The Balls' first single, "My
Girl" was well received, but it was their follow-up, "An American
Anthem" which generated enthusiastic response from both audiences
and industry insiders alike.
independently produced music video of this upbeat, patriotic powerhouse
received extensive airplay on MTV, HBO and other national video outlets.
In addition to his musical contributions, Tender served as executive
producer for the project.
1984 Tender embarked on a solo career, performing in small bars, taverns,
coffee houses, and for private, corporate and college audiences. Tender
continues to perform solo gigs
but he also has the distinct privilege to work with some outstanding
musicians in a duo, trio, and multi-player line-up.