Smith, Patti

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Smith, Patti Gender: F
Patricia Lee Smith
born on 30 December 1946 at 06:01 (= 06:01 AM )
Place Chicago, Illinois, 41n51, 87w39
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 08°12' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 25°57 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 19°28'

Patti Smith
photo: Beni Köhler from Finland (en:User:Skit ineb), license gfdl


American poet, singer, songwriter and punk princess of New York where she arrived in 1967 to evolve a form of rock 'n' roll poetry. In September 1971 she began to attract a cult following when she went into print with two volumes of writing and poems entitled "Seventh Heaven" and "Witt." She was soon known as a symbol of new wave poetry and music with a fiercely individualistic style. Her debut album, entitled "Horses," was released in 1975 and sold an estimated 350,000 copies, still selling several hundred copies a week in 2002, making it possibly one of the best-selling albums of all time.

The next decade saw her produce only one album, "Dream Of Life." She disappeared from the scene again until 6/18/1996 when she put out her first album in eight years, "Gone Again;" the most powerful rock album of the year. In November 1997, Smith released another album entitled "Peace and Noise." The work was not met with critical acclaim, but rather was decorated with such words as "dirgelike" and "funereal."

She was the third daughter of a factory worker and waitress and her house was always filled with diverse music. She married guitarist Fred "Sonic" Smith, had two children; a son Jackson, and a daughter, Jesse. Smith was widowed in November 1994 after 14 years of marriage when Fred died of heart failure. One month later her younger brother, Todd, also died of a heart attack. At the beginning of 1995 Patti moved back to New York City where she settled in a small townhouse at the edge of Greenwich Village. It has been home for many years to her and her companion, musician Oliver Ray, who joined her band in 1996.

Called the "punk poet laureate", Smith fused rock and poetry in her work. Smith's most widely known song is "Because the Night", which was co-written with Bruce Springsteen. The song reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1978. In 2005, Patti Smith was named a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture, and in 2007, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On November 17, 2010, she won the National Book Award for her memoir Just Kids. The book fulfilled a promise she had made to her former long-time roommate and partner, Robert Mapplethorpe.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Earle, Steve (born 17 January 1955). Notes: Played banjo on her cover of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit".
  • associate relationship with Springsteen, Bruce (born 23 September 1949). Notes: collaborators
  • friend relationship with Stipe, Michael (born 4 January 1960). Notes: also collaborators


  • Family : Change residence 1967 (Moved to New York)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 10 February 1971 in Manhattan (Music performance debut with Lenny Kaye)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released September 1971 (Published two volumes of writing and poems)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 24 November 1975 ("Horses", debut album released)
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  • Relationship : Meet a significant person 9 March 1976 in Detroit (Met future husband Fred Smith after concert)
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  • Health : Accident (Non-fatal) 23 January 1977 in Tampa (Badly injured after falling offstage)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 13 March 1978 ("Easter", third album released)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 19 May 1979 ("Wave", fourth album released)
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  • Work : Retired 10 September 1979 in Florence (Final live performance before decade-long retirement)
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  • Death of Mate 4 November 1994 in Detroit (Husband Fred Smith died of heart failure)
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  • Death of Sibling December 1994 (Younger brother Todd)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 18 June 1996 (Record released)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released November 1997 (Album, "Peace and Noise")
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Source Notes

Debbi Kempton-Smith quotes her


  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (eldest of four children)
  • Family : Relationship : Widowed
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One boy and one girl)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Work in team/ Tandem (rock bands)
  • Vocation : Art : Other Art (Visual artist)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Group/ Duo (The Patti Smith Group)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (guitar)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Song writer
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc. (New Wave)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Occult/ Misc. Collection