International Blondie and Deborah Harry Month is annually observed each July, recognizing the significant contribution both Blondie and Deborah Harry have made, and continue having, to popular music.
Blondie is an American rock group primarily known for incorporating varied influences, such as avant-garde, reggae, and hip-hop, into the new wave sound of the 1970s and ’80s. It was formed in 1974 by vocalist Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein.
History of International Blondie and Deborah Harry Month
Blondie was considered to be the most commercially successful band that emerged from the New York punk/new wave community of the late ’70s. Its vocalist, Deborah Harry, was born on July 1, 1945, in Miami, Florida, and was adopted by Richard and Catherine Harry when she was 3 months old. She grow up in Hawthorne, New Jersey, and sang in the church choir. In the late 1960s, she tried college for two years but she dropped out later and moved to New York City. She also sang with the band Wind in the Willows, worked as a Playboy Bunny, and ended up waiting tables at Max’s Kansas City.
Harry later joined a female trio called the Stilettos and met guitarist Chris Stein, who became a member of the group. Over time, they became romantically involved. In 1974, the two started the band known as Blondie. The band played in many of the legendary clubs in New York, including C.B.G.B. In 1976, Blondie’s self-titled debut was released. The following year, the band released their second album, “Plastic Letters,” which scored a No. 2 spot on the British charts with the single ‘Denis.’
“Parallel Lines,” Blondie’s third album, helped catapult the band to pop music stardom. In 1978, the disco and glam single ‘Heart of Glass’ reached the top of the U.S. charts. Apart from being the lead vocalist for the group, Harry wrote many of its songs with Stein. Harry became a pop music icon with her white-blond hair, high cheekbones, and commanding, cool style partially inspired by comic books and movies.
International Blondie and Deborah Harry Month timeline
She is born on July 1 in Miami.
Debby Harry meets Chris Stein and together they start Blondie.
It is released in December 1976 by Private Stock Records.
The disco and glam single ‘Heart of Glass’ reaches the top of the U.S. charts.
International Blondie and Deborah Harry Month FAQs
How old is Debbie Harry from Blondie?
She is 76 years old.
Did Debbie Harry leave Blondie?
Not long after forming, Harry decided to pursue a solo career and the band went on hiatus.
What happened to Debbie Harry?
Harry lives part-time in New York City and part-time in Monmouth County, New Jersey, together with her four dogs.
International Blondie and Deborah Harry Month Activities
Listen to the best songs of Blondie
Blondie has a lot of greatest hits. The most famous songs are: ‘Call me,’ ‘Heart of Glass,’ and ‘Sunday Girl.’
Watch a concert on your T.V.
You can watch a Blondie concert while you are having dinner. Although Blondie´s concerts are not played live anymore, you will surely find one on YouTube.
Buy a T-shirt
There are a lot of shops that offer a Blondie and Debora Harry Month T-shirt. You can even buy a T-shirt online!
5 Facts About Blondie You Probably Don’t Know
Blondie had another name
It was originally called 'The Angel and the Snake'.
1981 James Bond film
The 1981 album of Blondie's “The Hunter” includes the track ‘For Your Eyes Only’ which was originally recorded for the James Bond film, but the producers rejected it and went for a song by Sheena Easton.
‘Call Me’ was for Stevie Nicks
It ended up being recorded by Blondie and became a number one hit for the band.
Debbie Harry is a natural redhead
In 2017 Debbie Harry revealed that her natural hair color leans toward red.
“Blondie” was the nickname of Debby Harry
This name was given by truck drivers when they saw her sashaying along the sidewalk.
Why We Love International Blondie and Deborah Harry Month
Everyone loves Debbie
Debbie Harry is a singer and actress famous for leading Blondie. She learned to win people´s hearts.
Blondie has the greatest hits
Everybody knows at least two songs by this special band. We are sure that you have listened at least to one of Blondie´s songs and sang it out loud.
Blondie took the music world by storm
The influence of this band and its lead singer Deborah Harry is still being felt today. It is also increasingly recognized over time.
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