Patti Smith

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Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith (born December 30, 1946)[5] is an American singer, songwriter, poet, painter, and author who became an influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses.[1]

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Patti Smith
Smith performing in 2006
Smith performing in 2006
Background information
Birth namePatricia Lee Smith
Born (1946-12-30) December 30, 1946 (age 76)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
OriginDeptford Township, New Jersey, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • poet
  • painter
  • author
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • clarinet
DiscographyPatti Smith discography
Years active1967–present

Called the "punk poet laureate", Smith fused rock and poetry in her work. Her most widely known song, "Because the Night", co-written with Bruce Springsteen, reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1978[1] and number five on the UK Singles Chart. In 2005, Smith was named a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture.[6] In 2007, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[7]

In November 2010, Smith won the National Book Award for her memoir Just Kids.[8] The book fulfilled a promise she made to her former long-time partner Robert Mapplethorpe. She is ranked 47th on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, which was published in 2010[9] and was also a recipient of the 2011 Polar Music Prize.