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More about Patti
Patti was born in Chicago and grew up in southern New Jersey. She fled to New York in 1967. By 1974, she had formed the Patti Smith Group. The band's first album, Horses, came out the following year. The album fused punk rock and spoken poetry and opens with a cover of Van Morrison's "Gloria." Patti followed Horses with the even more experimental and extreme Radio Ethiopia. The following year, she released Easter, which yielded the Top 20 hit "Because the Night."