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Patrick Sassone

Patrick Sassone is an international recording artist and actor whose music has been heard in over seventy countries. He has a worldwide fan base and is a writer affiliate with B.M.I. He began his career at the age of five with the accordion and taught himself to play the guitar in his early teens. Patrick's first group was called Patrick and the Shamrocks and it included two cousins, a schoolmate and himself. They recorded a 45 on Orlyn Records called "Yes, That's What I'm Gonna Do" and were chosen to be an opening act for Country great Billy Walker. This group disbanded within two years. He had the privilege to meet Leonard and Phil Chess of Chess Records who had taken an interest in his talent. The direction and guidance they gave him has stayed with him his whole life. At the time, Patrick was the guitar player and song writer for a group called "Society's Children". The following year they had a regional hit with their record "Mister Genie Man" which is still available today. A couple of years later, Patrick was introduced to Curtis Mayfield at Mayfield's personal recording studio outside of Chicago. The insight Curtis gave him, as well as the kindness and professionalism he showed, made a life long impression. Patrick continued to write and perform in both the Country and Blues genres which eventually led him back to his Chicago roots. To quote this artist, "music sets my soul free...to hope, to dream, to just be me"!