Pat DiNizio

Rock music, Musical Artist

1955 –


Who is Pat DiNizio?

Pat DiNizio, of Scotch Plains, New Jersey, is the lead singer, songwriter, and member of the band The Smithereens, which he formed in 1980 with Jim Babjak, Dennis Diken and Mike Mesaros, from Carteret, New Jersey.

In addition to the Smithereens' body of work, DiNizio has also released three solo albums, Sounds and Songs, This is Pat DiNizio, a collection of cover songs arranged for piano and vocals, and Pat DiNizio.

In 2000, DiNizio made an unsuccessful run for the New Jersey seat of the United States Senate, running on the Reform Party ticket. The campaign was chronicled in the 2001 documentary film Mr. Smithereen Goes to Washington.

The same year, he launched the "Living Room Tour," a five-month jaunt where he performed solo, by request only, in the homes of fans. The tour was a success, and he still occasionally books similar concerts for a nominal fee.

In 2001, he 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.

DiNizio was also an inaugural member of the Independent Music Awards' judging panel to support independent artists.

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Oct 12, 1955
Scotch Plains
Also known as
  • Dinizio, Pat
  • United States of America

on July 23, 2013


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