Don't Call Her Blondie: Debbie Harry, Then And Now

By | March 27, 2019

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Debbie Harry of Blondie performing at Jazz Bilzen Festival, Bilzen, Belgium, 12th August 1978; Debbie Harry photo shoot circa 1978. Sources: Gie Knaeps/Getty Images; MPTVimages via IMDB.

Debbie Harry of Blondie, whose biggest hits include "Call Me," "Heart Of Glass" and "The Tide Is High," was the queen of new wave and the darling of punk rock in the late '70s and early '80s. A smoldering beauty who radiated downtown New York cool at all times, Debbie Harry took Blondie to international stardom, fronting a band with all the skill and showmanship of her male contemporaries. In fact, thanks to singer Debbie Harry, Blondie had something the competition couldn't match in those days -- when every other band looked like a collection of hip but nerdy dudes, Blondie boasted glamour and style. There was no hiding her matinee-idol looks, and Harry didn't try. Combined with her big, emotive voice and commanding stage presence, Debbie Harry and Blondie were one of the greatest acts of their day.

There's great news for all you Debbie Harry fans. She has recently finished writing her memoir, called Face It, which should hit bookstore shelves in early 2020. The 73-year-old singer, songwriter, and actress teased that the book will give readers a glimpse into Harry and the band that became one of the iconic sounds of the emerging new wave genre of the late 1970s.

A Former Playboy Bunny

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Debbie Harry was born in 1945 and raised in New Jersey. Her only singing experience was the choir at her church. After high school, Harry tried college for a few years but ended up dropping out and moving to New York where she sang in a band called Wind in the Willows. She worked as a waitress in the punk venue Max's Kansas City in New York, and for about nine months was a Playboy Bunny, one of the cotton-tailed servers at the New York City Playboy Club.