Smith, Patti

Smith, Patti (Lee)

(1946–  ) rock singer, songwriter; born in Chicago, Ill. She grew up in New Jersey and attended college on an art scholarship. In 1967 she moved to New York City where she gave poetry readings, wrote songs, and formed a band that defined the early punk culture and its music in the late-1970s. Their biggest hit, "Because the Night" (1978), was written with Bruce Springsteen. In 1979 she abandoned her musical career.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.