Patti Smith, singer
Patti Smith Group
birth name: Patricia Lee Smith

Patti Smith

December 30, 1946, Chicago, IL

Madonna has long been known for her references to religion throughout her work and she cited the line “Jesus died for somebody's sins, but not mine,” which Smith added to the song, as her key inspiration. ~ Yahoo: Patti Smith's Gloria Inspired Madonna ~ April 17, 2012 © Yahoo News/The West Australian

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December 30, 1961 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (4) Chubby Checker, The Twist ~ #2 (3) Bobby Vee, Run To Him ~ #1 (1) the Tokens, The Lion Sleeps Tonight


As a child, Smith also experienced gender confusion. Described as a tomboy, she shunned “girly” activities and instead preferred roughhousing with her predominantly male friends. Her tall, lean and somewhat masculine body defied the images of femininity she saw around her. It was not until a high school art teacher showed her depictions of women by some of the world's great artists that she came to terms with her own body. “Art totally freed me,” Smith recalled. “I found Modigliani, I discovered Picasso's blue period, and I thought, 'Look at this, these are great masters, and the women are all built like I am.' I started ripping pictures out of the books and taking them home to pose in front of the mirror.” ~ Patti Smith ~ retrieved December 28, 2013 ©

Patti Smith ~ Ranked #47 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Artists in 2004.

Patti Smith ~ Horses (1975) ~ Ranked #13 NME Best Albums Of 1975.

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