• Born in New York City, USA on 26 June 1957
• Began singing lessons at age 5
• Member of the band Scandal in 1981
• Solo album "Never Enough" released in 1987
• Married to John McEnroe in 1997, net worth of over $100 million
Who is Patty Smyth? Wiki Bio
Patricia ‘Patty’ Smyth was born in New York City, USA, on 26 June 1957, so her zodiac sign is Cancer and she holds American nationality. She is a singer and a songwriter, who gained recognition when she became a member of the band Scandal, prior to becoming a solo singer.
Childhood and education
Patty was raised an only child in New York by her mother who was a trapeze artist and a huge fan of show business, and is best known for working for the guitarist Link Wray as his manager. Patty’s mother also owned and ran several nightclubs, and Patty would often watch people sing and act there with her mother. Patty’s father, George Smyth was a construction worker.
She became interested in singing at the age of five and by the time she was seven was already taking singing lessons. She attended a local high school where she practiced both her acting and singing skills, and when she was 15 made her debut singing performance, and then went on to perform at the Catch A Rising Star club every week.
Career as a singer
After matriculation in 1975, Patty started to work as a waitress, while performing in bars and clubs, working on her singing career. She joined the band Scandal in 1981 as their lead vocalist, and their eponymous debut extended play (EP) was released in 1982.
The band was signed to Columbia Records, and the album’s single “Goodbye to You” became a huge hit and the best-selling album Columbia Records had released up to that moment. Their second album “Warrior” followed in 1984, reaching #17 on the Billboard Hot 200 album chart, however, even though the album was a big success, there were several disagreements within the band, which led to Scandal falling apart.
Patty was then invited as a vocalist for the popular rock band Van Halen, however, as she was pregnant and close to giving birth, she declined, but could have been heard in other people’s songs, such as “Where Do the Children Go” by the band The Hooters in 1985.
Her debut solo album – “Never Enough” – was released in 1987, while her second self-titled album came out in 1992, producing the hit song “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough”, which was a duet with Don Henley, the guitarist and vocalist of the band The Eagles, and which reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
She worked together with two other people on the soundtrack “Look What Love Has Done” for the buddy comedy movie “Junior”, which was nominated for both a Grammy and Academy Award. In 1988, she was invited to write music for the critically acclaimed science fiction disaster movie “Armageddon”, coming up with “Wish I Were You”, then approached by VH1 in 2004 to appear in the program “Bands Reunited”, together with other Scandal members, and they decided to do a tour as Scandal on the USA East Coast.
Their compilation album “We Are the ‘80s” was released in 2006, without new songs but featuring three unreleased songs from 1982. On 17 January 2009, they released their first new song after 24 years, called “Hard for You to Love Me”, also known as “Make It Hard”.
Patty released a solo Christmas album – “Come On December” – on 20 November 2015; all the money for the pre-orders was given to charity.
Love life and marriage with John McEnroe
In 1982 Patty met Richard Hell who is a singer, songwriter and bass guitarist, best known for being a co-founding member of the band Richard Hell & the Voidoids. Richard and Patty married in 1985 in a small ceremony attended by their closest friends and family, and just months after the wedding, Patty gave birth to their daughter Ruby.
Due to misunderstandings and alleged infidelity on Richard’s side, they divorced in 1987.
In 1993, Patty met the famous American tennis player John McEnroe, and gave birth to their daughter Anna on 27 December 1995. A year and a half later, John and Patty married on 23 May 1997 in a private ceremony, and gave birth to their second daughter, Ava on 28 March 1999. Patty and John are currently living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, while their daughters have moved away. The married couple has houses and properties in several cities, including a $21 million valued oceanfront house in Malibu, California.
Hobbies and other interests
One of Patty’s main interests is doing charity work, and she has volunteered with several organizations which aim to help children with disabilities as well as veterans.
She has also donated money to several charity organizations such as The Cancer Research Foundation. Patty is also keen on travelling and has visited many states in the USA while performing with her band Scandal, and has also been to Europe on several occasions to countries such as England and Italy. She is a lover of animals and has had several pet cats. She is interested in playing sports, and occasionally plays tennis with her husband, while she also enjoys golf and table tennis.
Patty likes to watch movies late at night with some of her favorite actors and actresses being Will Smith, Rosario Dawson and Julia Roberts, while some of her favorite movies are “Seven Pounds”, “I, Robot”, and “Runaway Bride”.
Appearance and net worth
Patty is 62 years old. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) tall, and weighs around 128lbs (55kgs). As of May 2020, Patty and her husband John McEnroe have a combined net worth of over $100 million.
Who is John McEnroe? Wiki Bio
John Patrick McEnroe Jr. was born in Wiesbaden, then West Germany, on 16 February 1959 – his zodiac sign is Aquarius and he holds American nationality. He is a tennis player, known for having won 77 single and 78 doubles titles.
He was raised alongside his two younger brothers, Mark and Patrick by their American parents Kay and John Patrick.
John Senior was serving in the U Air Force and was stationed in Germany at the time of John Junior’s birth, returning to Newburgh in New York eight months after he was born. The family often moved, before finally settling in Douglaston. John Junior started playing tennis at the age of eight, and a year later became a member of the Eastern Lawn Tennis Association, soon beginning to compete in regional tournaments. At the age of 12, he enrolled at Port Washington Tennis Academy on Long Island, New York and later studied at Trinity School, matriculating in 1977. He continued his education at Stanford University, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in 1981.
He won his first doubles in 1977, and lost at Wimbledon to Jimmy Connors in the semi-final. Between 1979 and 1983, John was competing against Bjorn Borg who was, at the time, the best tennis player in the world. John became the best tennis player on the planet on 3 March 1980, and then went on to keep the title from 1981 to 1984.
Before Patty, John was married to Tatum O’Neal who is an American actress and author, best known for being famous actor Ryan O’Neal’s daughter. The married in 1986 and Tatum gave birth to their three children – Kevin, Emily and Sean. John and Tatum then divorced in 1994 – four years after the court allowed joint custody, John was given sole custody in 1998, due to Tatum’s personal problems.