Debbie Harry life and biography

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Debbie Harry biography

Date of birth : 1945-07-01
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Miami, Florida, US
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-08-26
Credited as : New wave, punk rock singer, actress, Blondie

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Debbie Harry is an American singer-songwriter and actress, best known for being the lead singer of the punk rock and new wave band Blondie. She has also had success as a solo artist, and in the mid-1990s she performed and recorded as part of The Jazz Passengers. Her acting career spans over thirty film roles and numerous television appearances.

Her professional singing career started in 1968 with a folk band called Wind In The Willows. She sang backup on their first (and only) album. In 1973 she met Chris Stein, who became her long-time boyfriend. They created Blondie in 1974 after they both were in the Stilletoes, a theatrical "girl group" band. Blondie struggled for a few years, then went on to be one of the most successful bands of the late 1970s and early 1980s, but the group broke up in 1983. Harry has released five solo albums, acted in several movies and television shows and a few commercials (Gloria Vanderbilt Jeans, Sara Lee, Revlon). She's done many benefit shows in support of AIDS charities, a Broadway show ("Teaneck Tanzi"), poetry readings, and been one of the most notorious characters in the New York downtown scene. As of 1995 she was doing shows in the US and Europe with the Jazz Passengers and Elvis Costello, filming two new movies (Heavy (1995) with Liv Tyler and Evan Dando and Drop Dead Rock (1996) with Adam Ant) and topping the dance charts with two newly remixed Blondie singles ("Rapture" and "Atomic"). Several Blondie tribute albums have been released and a Blondie remix album titled "Remixed, Remade, Remodeled" came out in 1995.

"Blondie lead singer, Debbie Harry has been compared to Marylin Monroe and Jackie Kennedy whose photographic images became works of art. She became a defining image of the New York punk era and now photographer Brian Aris is showing unseen pictures of Blondie in an exhibition at the Proud Gallery in London. Brian Aris explains what made Debbie Harry such an iconic image for him."


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