“Then Fred Sonic Smith just came on the stage, and he went to the organ like the Phantom of the Opera, and he’s always encouraged me-in a way that no one else has encouraged me to play guitar, he really believes in my playing-and I just picked up my guitar and I couldn’t let down. Couldn’t let myself down, and I did it.”
Hit Parader-  Patti Smith Interview 1978 with Lisa Robinson

“Fred “Sonic” Smith opened his band’s set by blowing his nose on the Daily’s review of Monday’s show. “As long as those squares are writing shit like this, I know we’re doing all right,” he sneered. From that, Sonic’s launched into a tight and energetic set, highlighted by a superb “Sweet Nothin”. Intriguing rhythms and melodies forced their tough attitude toward the world into the waiting brains of the throng.”
The Michigan Daily, Ann Sharpe February 8, 1978
(review of the third show at the Second Chance with Patti Smith Group and Sonic’s Rendezvous Band)


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Motor City 5 aka MC5
Fred Smith (top center)


Fred and Patti

In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Smith #93 in its list of The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

He served as inspiration for Patti Smith who wrote to him, among other tributes, a song “Frederick“. Smith’s 1996 album Gone Again features a tribute to her late husband.

The band Sonic Youth took its name from Smith’s nickname.”Sonic”_Smith

People Have The Power was co-written by the Smiths during dinner dishes.

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