Patti Smith was born on 30th December 1946 in Chicago, Illinois. A well-admired American singer, song writer, visual artist and poet, Smith released her debut album "Horses" in 1975 and is considered as the 'Godmother of Punk'.
Patti Smith’s biggest hit "Because the Night" was an international hit and went to No. 13 in the Billboard Hot 100 in 1978. During 2005, the French Minister of Culture named Smith the Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Smith released the seminal punk album "Radio Ethiopia" on Arista Records in 1976, produced by Jack Douglas.
Patti Smith's albums included "Horses", "Easter", "Radio Ethiopia", "Dream of Life", "Wave", "Gone Again", "Gung Ho", "Peace and Noise" and "Twelve and Trampin'". Smith's distinctive and unique style of performance drew on alternative rock and protopunk. As well as a singer, she was also a dab hand at musical instruments such as the clarinet and guitar.
Apart from working solo, she also worked with singer Tom Verlaine. Smith is now 63 and still active in music.
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