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Pat DiNizio, The Smithereens Lead Singer, Dies at 62

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« on: December 13, 2017, 10:07:50 am »

Pat DiNizio, The Smithereens Lead Singer, Dies at 62

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Pat DiNizio, lead singer of The Smithereens, has died. He was 62.

The death of the singer, songwriter and founding member of the band was announced on his Facebook page Tuesday night.

"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Pat DiNizio, lead singer and songwriter of the influential New Jersey rock band, The Smithereens - America's Band," the post said.

"Pat was looking forward to getting back on the road and seeing his many fans and friends. Please keep Pat in your thoughts and prayers."

Formed in Carteret, New Jersey, by DiNizio Jim Babjak, Dennis Diken and Mike Mesaros, The Smithereens had a string of hits in the '80s and '90s including "Only a Memory," "A Girl Like You" and "Too Much Passion."

The band's name was inspired a Yosemite Sam catchphrase, "Varmint, I'm a-gonna blow you to smithereens!"

DiNizio was one of the first musicians to throw his support behind XM Satellite Radio, becoming host and program director for the XM Radio Unsigned station in 2001. He was also an inaugural member of the Independent Music Awards' judging panel to support independent artists.

He went on to release a number of solo works such as "Sounds and Songs," "This is Pat DiNizio," and "Revolutions."

DiNizio also had an unsuccessful run for the New Jersey seat of the United States Senate in 2000.

His cause of death has not yet been revealed.

In Memoriam 2017: Stars We've Lost This Year

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Slide 3 of 183: Singer Johnny Hallyday arrives at the premiere of "Rules Don't Apply" during the opening night of AFI FEST 2016 in Hollywood, California, U.S. November 10, 2016.

Slide 4 of 183: (File photo) Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor spotted, on April 18, 1987, In Mumbai, India.

Slide 5 of 183: BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 12: Actor Jim Nabors attends the Junior League of Los Angeles Carnivale Gala on March 12, 2004 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, California.

Slide 6 of 183: HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 17: Actor Julio Mechoso attends the premiere of 'The Lost City' at the Cinerama Dome April 17, 2006 in Hollywood, California.

Slide 7 of 183: Actor Rance Howard attends the Tribute to Bruce Dern with SAG-AFTRA, SAGindie And The National SAGindie Committee during AFI FEST presented by Audi at The Roosevelt Hotel on November 11, 2013 in Hollywood, California.

Slide 8 of 183: The Lion went to sleep...Mitch Margo, co-founder of The Tokens passed away peacefully in his sleep. The shock is still reverberating though our family as we try to make sense of this loss. Much will be said about Mitch in the upcoming days, but we wanted our incredibly dedicated fans to know. Mitch left an indelible mark on the world with both his art and music. We hope that all of you who love listening to The Tokens explore the work of this amazingly talented individual. So "hush my darling, don't fear my darling, the lion sleeps tonight."

Slide 9 of 183: Singer/Songwriter Tommy Keene performs at City Winery Nashville on July 28, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Slide 10 of 183: MIAMI - CIRCA 1960s: Flamboyant soul singer Wayne Cochran poses for a publicity shot circa the mid-1960s in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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Slide 13 of 183: This October 1991 file photo shows actress Della Reese. Reese, the actress and gospel-influenced singer who in middle age found her greatest fame as Tess, the wise angel in the long-running television drama "Touched by an Angel," died at age 86. A family representative released a statement Monday that Reese died peacefully Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in California. No cause of death or additional details were provided.

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Pat DiNizio, lead singer of "The Smithereens", died on Dec. 12. He was 62. The Smithereens had a string of hits including "Only a Memory," & "Too Much Passion."
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« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2017, 10:08:42 am »

The Smithereens Singer Pat DiNizio Has Passed Away

By Brandon Katz • 12/13/17 8:55am    

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Musician Pat DiNizio, best known as the lead singer of the rock group The Smithereens, died on Tuesday. He was 62.

The Smithereens confirmed his passing on their Facebook page on Wednesday, but did not reveal a cause of death.
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According to Variety, DiNizio dealt with several health issues in recent years. Two separate falls called serious nerve damage, resulting in the loss of the use of his right arm in 2015. The Smithereens were forced to cancel a show earlier this year after DiNizio injured his neck and back in another slip. The band was scheduled to kick off another road tour in January, starting at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank.
We are heartbroken at the news that Pat DiNizio has passed away. He is one of many who championed rock and roll and helped put New Jersey on the map as a destination for so much sound. He will be missed by those of us in the business, his peers, his friends and fans, Godspeed

— #theBASIE (@CountBasieThtr) December 13, 2017

“Pat was looking forward to getting back on the road and seeing his many fans and friends. Please keep Pat in your thoughts and prayers,” the Facebook post read.

Other hits from the band included “Blood and Roses,” “Behind the Wall of Sleep” and “Strangers When We Met.”
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