Debbie Harry

Debbie Harry

Rock Singer

Deborah Ann Harry is an American singer, songwriter and actress, best known as the lead vocalist of the band Blondie. Four of her songs with the band reached No. 1 on the US charts between 1979 and 1981. Born in Miami, Florida, Harry was adopted as an infant and raised in Hawthorne, New Jersey.

Full Name
Deborah Ann Harry
Jul 1, 1945
5′ 3″
Net Worth


Deborah Ann “Debbie” Harry was born on July 1, 1945 in Miami, Florida. She is an American singer-songwriter and actress best known as the lead singer of the punk rock and new wave band Blondie. Harry's parents were separated when she was three, and she was raised by her mother and stepfather Richard Smith in Hawthorne, New Jersey.

Harry started her music career in 1967 singing with folk rock group The Wind in the Willows. In 1974, she formed the rock band Blondie which went on to become one of the most successful bands of the period. Blondie released their debut album “Blondie” in 1976 which spawned hits such as “X Offender” and “Rip Her To Shreds”. Their follow up album “Plastic Letters” (1977) brought them more success including their first UK number one single with “Denis”.

The band then achieved worldwide fame with their third album “Parallel Lines” (1978) which contained iconic songs such as “Heart Of Glass” and “Sunday Girl” both of which topped the UK Singles Chart. Harry also became a style icon during this period with her trademark bleach blonde hair, heavy eye makeup and risqué clothing choices inspiring many female punk musicians who followed her.

Blondie continued to have success throughout the 1980s before disbanding in 1982. Harry then went solo, releasing several albums including KooKoo (1981), Rockbird (1986) and Def Dumb & Blonde (1989). She has also acted in numerous films including Hairspray (1988) Cop Land (1997), I Am Sam (2001) and Riding In Cars With Boys (2001). 

Harry continues to perform today, currently touring with Blondie for their 40th anniversary celebrations. She has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of Blondie, is a recipient of a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group, and has been given a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame for her musical achievements.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1945</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Debbie Harry is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On July 1, 1945, Debbie Harry was born in Miami, Florida.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1974</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Formation of Blondie</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Debbie Harry forms the band Blondie with Chris Stein.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1976</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Blondie's Debut Album Release</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Blondie releases their debut album, "Blondie," in the US.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1978</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Releases Breakthrough Single "Heart of Glass"</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Debbie Harry and Blondie release the breakthrough single "Heart of Glass" which becomes a global hit.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1980</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Releases Multiplatinum Album "Autoamerican"</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Blondie releases their fifth studio album, "Autoamerican," which goes multiplatinum.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1997</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Releases Solo Album "Debravation"</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Debbie Harry releases her first solo album, "Debravation."</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2017</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Receives Lifetime Achievement Award</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Debbie Harry is awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 NME Music Awards.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> She is an Iconic Singer</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Debbie Harry is an iconic singer and a major influence in the punk and new wave music scenes. Her strong, powerful voice combined with her unique style of fashion have made her one of the most recognizable singers in the world.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> She is a Pioneering Musician</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Debbie Harry was one of the first female singers to break into the male-dominated rock scene. She has been a major influence on many other female artists and continues to inspire young musicians today.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> She is an Amazing Songwriter</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Debbie Harry has written some of the greatest songs in rock history. Her lyrics often contain social and political commentary, making her songs timeless and relevant to this day. She has also collaborated with many other songwriters and musicians over the years, creating some truly amazing music.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> Studied at the Pratt Institute</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Debbie Harry studied art and design at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Appeared on Saturday Night Live</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 1979, Debbie Harry became the first female musician to host Saturday Night Live.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Was a Waitress</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Before finding success as a singer with Blondie, Debbie Harry worked as a waitress at Max's Kansas City, a popular rock club in New York City.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Has a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 2006, Debbie Harry was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Has a Broadway Musical Based on Her Life</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 2018, Debbie Harry's life story was turned into a musical called "Blondie: A Musical" which ran for five weeks on Broadway.</p></div>


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