Pat DiNizio, Lead Singer of The Smithereens, Dies at 62

Carla Harmon
December 13, 2017

Pat DiNizio, a singer and songwriter who made popular rock songs as the leader of The Smithereens, died on Tuesday at age 62, his fellow band members say. No cause of death has been provided for DiNizio, who incredibly performed with the group from the time of its formation in 1980 right up to his death. Dennis Diken answered the ad and with him brought Carteret High School classmates guitarist Jim Babjak and bassist Mike Mesaros.

"Pat had the magic touch". We grew up together. We all grew up reading Mad Magazine and there was a shared background.

No cause of death has been announced. "Pat was looking forward to getting back on the road and seeing his many fans and friends".


Goodbye Pat. Seems like yesterday.

The Smithereens and DiNizio had a string of hit songs that have persisted among rock fans, from "A Girl Like You" and "Behind The Wall Of Sleep" to "Only a Memory" and "Blood and Roses".

The band were the musical guest on an April 1990 episode of Saturday Night Live.


The Smithereens released 11 albums during their career. In 2006, the singer appeared in the ESPN2 reality series 7th Inning Stretch, about his attempts to make a minor league baseball team, NJ.com reported.

Despite solo projects by DiNizio, the band had remained active through the years. "We're self-employed - beyond the fact that we get to do what we love for living".

A statement was posted to the band's Facebook earlier today confirming his passing. "We've found though sheer persistence we've been able to continue to do what we do".


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