Artist of The Month July 2020 – Debbie Harry
Deborah Ann Harry (born Angela Trimble; July 1, 1945) is an American singer, songwriter, model and actress, known as the lead singer of the new wave band Blondie. Her recordings with the band reached number one in the U.S. and UK charts on many occasions from 1979 to 2017.
Born in Miami, Florida, Harry was adopted as an infant and raised in Hawthorne, New Jersey. After attending college, she worked various jobs, including as a secretary, dancer, and Playboy Bunny, before breaking through in the music industry. Harry co-formed Blondie in 1974 in New York City. The band released their eponymous debut album in 1976, and released a further three albums between then and 1979, including Parallel Lines, which spawned six singles, including “Heart of Glass”. Their fifth record, Autoamerican (1980), afforded Harry and the band further attention, spawning such hits as a cover of “The Tide Is High”, and “Rapture”, the latter of which is considered the first rap song to chart at number one in the United States.
In 1981, Harry released her debut solo album, KooKoo, and, during a hiatus of Blondie, embarked on an acting career, appearing in lead roles in the neo-noir Union City (1980) and in David Cronenberg’s body horror film Videodrome (1983). She released her second solo album, Rockbird, in 1986, and subsequently starred in John Waters’s cult dance film Hairspray (1988). Harry went on to release two more solo albums between then and 1993, after which she returned to film with roles in a John Carpenter-directed segment of the horror film Body Bags (1993), and in the drama Heavy (1995).
Blondie reunited in the late 1990’s, releasing No Exit (1999), followed by The Curse of Blondie (2003). Debbie Harry continued to appear in independent films throughout the 2000’s, including Deuces Wild (2002), My Life Without Me (2003) and Eulogy (2008). With Blondie, she released the group’s ninth studio album, Panic of Girls, in 2011, followed by Ghosts of Download (2014). The band’s eleventh studio album, 2017’s Pollinator, charted at number 4 in the United Kingdom.
In 1997, Blondie began working together again for the first time in 15 years. The four original members (Harry, Stein, Clem Burke and Jimmy Destri) began sessions for what would become Blondie’s seventh studio album, No Exit (1999). The lead single from the album, “Maria“, debuted at No. 1 in the UK, giving Blondie their sixth UK No. 1 hit. “Maria” also reached No. 1 in 14 different countries, the top 10 on the US Dance Charts, and Top 20 on the US Adult Top 40 Charts. No Exit debuted at No. 3 in the UK and No. 17 in the US.
To celebrate her birthday on July 1st, Presley Collectibles has named Debbie the artist of the month for July 2020.
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