Photograph of Patti Smith holding two doves in her hands.
Patti Smith Group released Wave, their fourth studio album, in 1979. The album's lead single "Frederick" was dedicated to Patti Smith's then-future husband, Fred "Sonic" Smith of the band MC5.
Wave received mixed reviews from critics, and Patti Smith Group disbanded following its release. Smith remained in semi-retirement following her marriage and the birth of her children until 1988, when she released the solo album Dream of Life.