Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough
American singer and songwriter Patty Smyth first came to fame as the lead singer of the rock band Scandal. Founded in 1981, the band scored a hit in the U.S. with “The Warrior,” which peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart in 1984. The group also released the hits “Goodbye to You” (1982), “Love's Got A Line On You” (1983) and “Hands Tied” (1984) before breaking up in 1985. The surviving members of Scandal were later reunited in 2004.
Smyth launched her solo debut album, “Never Enough,” in 1987, but did not achieve further prominence until the release of the popular hit single “Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough” with Don Henley. The song peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was successful in Canada and the U.K. “Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough” was nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal, Duo or Group. Smyth further gained attention with her Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for co-writing the song “Look What Love Has Done” for the 1994 film “Junior.” More recently, Smyth made her debut as an actress with the 2010 film “Angel Camouflaged.”
Currently, Smyth resides in New York City with her husband John McEnroe. She have three daughters, Anna and Eva (both fathered by McEnroe), and Ruby (fathered by her previous husband Richard Hell). She also has three stepchildren, Kevin (born May 23, 1986), Sean (born September 23, 1987) and Emily (born May 10, 1991) from McEnroe's previous marriage to actress Tatum O'Neil (1986-1994).
Childhood and Family:
The daughter of Betty and George Smyth, Patty Smyth was born on June 26, 1957, in New York City, New York. Her parents later divorced. Along with her elder sister Elizabeth, she was raised in Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan.
Patty was married to musician Richard Hell (born October 2, 1949) from 1985 to 1987. They have one daughter named Ruby (born in 1985). She married her present husband, former tennis star John McEnroe (born February 16, 1959), in April 1997. The couple has two daughters, Anna (born in December 27, 1995) and Ava (born in March 28, 1999).
Look What Love Has Done
At age 15, Patty Smyth landed her first singing gig at a New York City music venue, Folk City. At the time, she performed a song by Cat Stevens. She went on to found her first band, Patty and the Planets, and they performed James Brown songs during an engagement on a boat in Philadelphia. During her struggling years, she also worked as a waitress to make ends meet. It was while working at a steak house that she met musician Zack Smith, who asked her to join his band Scandal. She officially joined the group in 1981 as a lead vocalist.
Under Columbia Records, Scandal released a self titled five song EP in 1982. The album rose to No. 39 on the Billboard 200 and went gold. “Scandal” spawned the group's hit single “Goodbye to You” (1982, written by Zack Smith), which went to No. 65 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 5 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks. Thanks to the success of “Goodbye to You,” Smyth and her group toured for nearly a year as opening acts for top bands. The second single from “Scandal,” “Love's Got A Line On You” (1983), rose to No. 59 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 28 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks, while the third single, “Win Some, Lose Some,” failed to chart. Smyth co-wrote the songs “She Can't Say No” and “Another Bad Love” with Smith. Despite their early success, Scandal faced internal conflicts and drummer Frankie LaRocka left in 1982. The group recruited Thommy Price as his replacement.
“The Warrior,” recorded with Smyth on lead vocals, Zack Smith on guitar and background vocals, Ivan Elias on bass guitar, Keith Mack on guitar and background vocals and Thommy Price on drums and background vocals, was launched in 1984 and produced by Mike Chapman. The album rose to No. 17 on the Billboard 200 and went on to receive platinum certification from RIAA. The title single went to No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart and No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and won a BMI Airplay Award in 1984. Outside the U.S., the song peaked at No. 86 on the U.K. Singles chart, No. 1 on the Canadian RMP Top Singles, No. 6 on the Australia Kent Music Report and No. 11 on the New Zealand RIANZ Top 40. The album also produced the singles “Hands Tied” and “Beat Of A Heart,” which peaked at No. 41 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 21 and No. 10 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks, respectively. As a result of struggles between members and their record company, Scandal gradually lost their members. By the time “The Warrior” tour began in 1984, all that remained of the original lineup were Smyth and Mack. The group disbanded in 1985 shortly after the tour ended.
Smyth went on to pursue a solo career after the break up of Scandal. Her debut album, “Never Enough” was released in 1987 on Columbia and was produced by Rick Chertoff and William Wittman. The album peaked at No. 66 on the Billboard 200. The lead single “Never Enough,” which Smyth co-wrote with Rob Hyman, David Kagen, Eric Bazilian and Rick Chertoff, rose to No. 61 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 4 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks. The next single, a cover version of the song “Downtown Train,” written by Tom Waits, went to No. 95 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 40 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The third and last single, “Isn't It Enough,” charted on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks at No. 26. In addition to the title track, Smyth also co-wrote another song on the album called “Heartache Heard 'Round the World.”
Smyth did not release a follow up album until “Patty Smyth” on August 18, 1992, with MCA Records. The album rose to No. 47 on the Billboard 200 and produced the successful single “Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough” (1992), a duet with Don Henley of The Eagles. The rock ballad, which she co-wrote with Glen Burtnik, spent six weeks at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained on the Top 40 for 20 weeks. The song also went to No. 1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary and the Billboard Top 40 Mainstream charts. In Canada, “Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough” went to No. 1 on the Canada RPM Top Singles and stayed there for seven weeks. In England, the song peaked at No. 22. It received gold certification from RIAA and was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Pop Vocal, Duo or Group. The album also received gold status in the U.S., and generated the singles “No Mistakes” (1992), which rose to No. 33 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 4 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and “I Should Be Laughing” (1993), which peaked at No. 86 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In 1994, Smyth co-wrote and performed the song “Look What Love Has Done” on the soundtrack of the film “Junior,” which was directed by Ivan Reitman and starred Arnold Schwarzenegger. The song brought her an Academy Award nomination for Best Music, Original Song and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song - Motion Picture, both of which she shared with Carole Bayer Sager, James Ingram and James Newton Howard. “Look What Love Done” was also released as a single in 1994. It peaked at No. 106 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 23 on the Adult Contemporary chart. She went on to write and perform the theme song “Wish I Were You” for the Michael Bay box office hit movie “Armageddon” (1998).
After having been separated for 19 years, Scandal, minus Ivan Elias, who died of cancer in June 1995, were reunited in 2004 for VH1's “Bands Reunited.” It was followed by a small reunion tour in 2005. A new compilation album titled “We are the '80s” was released in 2006 under Columbia/Legacy. It contained three unreleased tracks from a 1982 recording sessions (“Grow So Wise,” “If You Love Me,” “I'm Here Tonight”) and the track “All My Life,” which was formerly available on the flip side of “Goodbye To You.” She again joined Scandal for VH''s “We Are the 80's” tour in 2006 and later in the band's tour in the fall 2007. The group's new single, “Hard For You To Love Me,” was released to rave reviews in Ridgefield, CT., on January 17, 2009. The song was scheduled to be released digitally in February 2009, but was delayed.
Recently, in 2010, Smyth made her feature acting debut as Aunt Marie in “Angel Camouflaged,” which starred James Brolin, Dilana and Warrick Grier. She also wrote and performed the song “Just” on the soundtrack. The song “Hard For You To Love Me” is included on the film’s soundtrack.