Frederick (song)

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This article is about the song. For other uses, see Frederick (disambiguation).
Single by Patti Smith Group
from the album Wave
B-side "Frederick" (Live)
Released 1979 (1979)
Format Vinyl (7")
Recorded Bearsville Studios
Genre Rock
Length 3:01
Label Arista
Writer(s) Patti Smith
Producer(s) Todd Rundgren
Patti Smith singles chronology
(Set Me Free)
"Dancing Barefoot"
Single by Sandie Shaw
B-side "Go Johnny Go"
Released 1986 (1986)
Genre Pop
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Patti Smith
Producer(s) Clive Langer,
Alan Winstanley
Sandie Shaw singles chronology
"Are You Ready to Be Heartbroken"
"Please Help the Cause Against Loneliness"

"Frederick" is a rock song written by Patti Smith, and released as lead single from Patti Smith Group 1979 album Wave. The song is dedicated to Fred "Sonic" Smith, guitar player of the Detroit band MC5 and Smith's future husband.

The melody of "Frederick" is a homage to Bruce Springsteen's live arrangement of "Prove It All Night" from the then-recent Darkness Tour of 1978.


The song was covered by Sandie Shaw in 1986. The B-side was entitled "Go Johnny Go", and had been written by Shaw as a tribute to Johnny Marr.


Patti Smith Group

Chart (1979)[1][2] Position
Billboard Hot 100 90
UK Singles Chart 63


  1. ^ "Billboard chart". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-03-04. 
  2. ^ "UK chart". Retrieved 2008-03-04. 

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