Pat DiCesare

Pat DiCesare, like most American teenage boys of the 1950s, dreamed of playing in a band, writing hit songs, wooing girls and being famous. Pat was the singer/songwriter for The Penn Boys during the early 1950s, but his success came as the songsmith for other would-be success stories. Pat’s singles “I’m Spinning” and “You Say You Love Me” were released in 1957 by Fee Bee Records to little fanfare, but that did not deter the young entrepreneur as he started his own label, Bobby Records, in 1958. That year, he landed a young crooner, Bobby Vinton, who recorded “Twilight Time” and “Hallelujah” on Bobby Records, but the labe would soon fold. Undeterred by the setback, he went to work for Tom Tormey and he found a niche in the concert promotions field. DiCesare booked sidemen and musicians to work with performers ad managed rehearsals and events. DiCesare went solo when Tormey left to work with Dick Clark Productions. He was highly successful in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas as University Attractions and then Pat DiCesare Productions. He built relationships with venue personnel and arranged deals with the Pittsburgh Civic Center, the Syria Mosque and Three Rivers Stadium becoming the exclusive concert promoter for all rock concerts in the area. In 1973, Pat DiCesare and Rich Engler, an up-and-coming promoter, merged under the name DiCesare-Engler Productions, a venture that would last for 25 years and make them both (and 3rd partner Ed Traversari) wealthy and well respected among artists, venues and the city. In 1998, SFX Entertainment acquired DiCesare-Engler Productions and Pat became the CEO of Pittsburgh Regatta Management Group. He retired in 2000.