Saturday, August 16, 2008
Debbie Harry (born July 1, 1945) is a singer-songwriter, actress and one of the best style icons from the late seventies through the eighties.
Harry spent her youth in Hawthorne, New Jersey when she was adopted at three months old. After graduating high school in 1963 she moved to New York and held a series of different jobs before settling on a music career. She worked as a secretary for the BBC Radio New York office, a waitress at Max's Kansas City, a counter girl at Dunkin' Donuts and a Playboy Bunny.
Harry's first venture into music was with the folk rock group, The Wind in the Willows. She then joined the girl group trio, The Stilletos, in the early 1970's. Their backup band included guitarist Chris Stein who would become Harry's boyfriend. Harry and Stein formed the band Blondie in mid 1970's. Their first album debuted in 1976.
Blondie became a permanent fixture at such legendary locales like CBGB's and Max's Kansas City. With her bleach blonde hair, Harry became an icon to a generation of men and women. Her persona was so magnified that people began calling her Blondie, which prompted the campaign button "Blondie is a Group" in 1979.