Pat DiNizio the lead singer of the group Smithereens has died. He was 62.

He had the rare ability to channel the essence of joy and heartbreak into hook-laden 3-minute pop songs infused with a lifelong passion for rock and roll.

The group Smithereens was formed in 1980 and was very active performing 300 dates a year. The band had a strong fan following in New Jersey and New York. DiNizio had been in ill health for a while.

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