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Blondie

Mostly Credited As: Blondie
Birth Name: Blondie
Date Of Birth: August, 1974
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: New York City, New York

Blondie


Blondie was the most commercially successful band to emerge from the much-vaunted punk/new wave movement of the late '70s. The group was formed in New York City in August 1974 by singer Deborah Harry (b. July 1, 1945, Miami), formerly of Wind in the Willows, and guitarist Chris Stein (b. January 5, 1950, Brooklyn) out of the remnants of Harry's previous group, the Stilettos. The lineup fluctuated over the next year. Drummer Clement Burke (b. November 24, 1955, New York) joined in May 1975. Bassist Gary Valentine joined in August. In October, keyboard player James Destri (b. April 13, 1954) joined, to complete the initial permanent lineup. They released their first album, Blondie, on Private Stock Records in December 1976. In July 1977, Valentine was replaced by Frank Infante.

In August, Chrysalis Records bought their contract from Private Stock and in October reissued Blondie and released the second album, Plastic Letters. Blondie expanded to a sextet in November with the addition of bassist Nigel Harrison (born in Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, England), as Infante switched to guitar. Blondie broke commercially in the U.K. in March 1978, when their cover of Randy and the Rainbows' 1963 hit "Denise," renamed "Denis," became a Top Ten hit, as did Plastic Letters, followed by a second U.K. Top Ten, "(I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence, Dear." Blondie turned to U.K. producer/songwriter Mike Chapman for their third album, Parallel Lines, which was released in September 1978 and eventually broke them worldwide. "Picture This" became a U.K. Top 40 hit, and "Hanging on the Telephone" made the U.K. Top Ten, but it was the album's third single, the disco-influenced "Heart of Glass," that took Blondie to number one in both the U.K. and the U.S. "Sunday Girl" hit number one in the U.K. in May, and "One Way or Another" hit the U.S. Top 40 in August. Blondie followed with their fourth album, Eat to the Beat, in October. Its first single, "Dreaming," went Top Ten in the U.K., Top 40 in the U.S. The second U.K. single, "Union City Blue," went Top 40. In March 1980, the third U.K. single from Eat to the Beat, "Atomic," became the group's third British number one. (It later made the U.S. Top 40.)

Meanwhile, Harry was collaborating with German disco producer Giorgio Moroder on "Call Me," the theme from the movie American Gigolo. It became Blondie's second transatlantic chart-topper. Blondie's fifth album, Autoamerican, was released in November 1980, and its first single was the reggaeish tune "The Tide Is High," which went to number one in the U.S. and U.K. The second single was the rap-oriented "Rapture," which topped the U.S. pop charts and went Top Ten in the U.K. But the band's eclectic style reflected a diminished participation by its members -- Infante sued, charging that he wasn't being used on the records, though he settled and stayed in the lineup. But in 1981, the members of Blondie worked on individual projects, notably Harry's gold-selling solo album, KooKoo. The Best of Blondie was released in the fall of the year. The Hunter, Blondie's sixth and last new album, was released in May 1982, preceded by the single "Island of Lost Souls," a Top 40 hit in the U.S. and U.K. "War Child" also became a Top 40 hit in the U.K., but The Hunter was a commercial disappointment. At the same time, Stein became seriously ill with the genetic disease pemphigus. As a result, Blondie broke up in October 1982, with Deborah Harry launching a part-time solo career while caring for Stein, who eventually recovered. In 1998, the original lineup of Harry, Stein, Destri, and Burke reunited to tour Europe, their first series of dates in 16 years; a new LP, No Exit, followed early the next year

TV Appearances

Episode Cast Credits 

Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park (2014) 
  Episode 1 01x01: (Sep/14/2014) As Themselves, [Musical Guests]

The One Show (2006) 
  The One Show at Glastonbury 08x217: (Jun/27/2014) As Themselves 

Good Morning America (1975) 
  Season 39, Episode 146 39x146: (May/26/2014) As Themselves, [Musical Guests]
  Season 39, Episode 137 39x137: (May/13/2014) As Themselves, [Musical Guests]

Live with Kelly & Michael (1983) 
  Jennifer Lopez, Andi Dorfman, Blondie 32x186: (May/19/2014) As Themselves 

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (1996) 
  Blondie 19x105: (May/14/2014) As Themselves, [Musical Guests]

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Jack Black, Steve Martin, Owen Wilson, Aubrey Plaza, Blondie 19x167: (Oct/06/2011) As Themselves, [Musical Guests]

The View (1997) 
  Season 7, Episode 159 07x159: (Apr/13/2004) As Themselves 

The Late Show with David Letterman (1993) 
  Ricky Gervais, Blondie 11x112: (Mar/24/2004) As Themselves 

Last Call with Carson Daly (2002) 
  Ben McKenzie, Max Kellerman, Blondie 03x25: (Mar/02/2004) As Themselves 

Where Are They Now? (1999) 
  Disco Kings & Queens 03x19: (Oct/21/2002) As Themselves 

MADtv (1995) 
  Episode #511 05x11: (Dec/11/1999) As Themselves, [Musical Guests]

The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996) 
  Roberto Benigni, Blondie 03x03: (Mar/02/1999) As Themselves 

Pink Lady and Jeff (1980) 
  Episode 1 01x01: (Mar/01/1980) As Themselves 

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest (1972) 
  New Year's Rockin' Eve '80 08x01: (Dec/31/1979) As Themselves 

Saturday Night Live (1975) 
  Steve Martin/Blondie 05x01: (Oct/13/1979) As Themselves, [Musical Guests]

The Midnight Special (1973) 
  Host: Blondie / Robert Palmer / Rick James 08x03: (Oct/05/1979) As Themselves (Hosts) 
  Host: Blondie 07x13: (Jan/19/1979) As Themselves (Hosts) 

American Bandstand (1957) 
  Blondie / G. Q. 22x30: (May/12/1979) As Themselves 

Tiswas (1974) 
  Series 5, Show 2 05x02: (Sep/16/1978) As Themselves (Archive Footage) 

Rock Concert (1973) 
  Blondie / Deborah Harry / Nigel Harrison / Frank Infante / Ricky Jay / Randy Jones 01x10: (Nov/27/1973) As Themselves 
Crew Credits

Show Crew


Sugar Rush (UK) (2005)• Music (Theme Tune)

Episode Crew


Featured Songs

Beavis and Butt-Head Songs:
Kidnapped + "Rapture" 
Cold Case Songs:
One Night + Atomic 
Quantum Leap Songs:
+ Call Me 
Sjans Songs:
Geld + Denise, Denise 
The Sopranos Songs:
Members Only + Dreaming 
Gilmore Girls Songs:
I Get A Sidekick Out of You + Heart of Glass 
Here Comes the Son + One Way Or Another 
Damages Songs:
Get Me A Lawyer + Heart of Glass 
Coronation Street Songs:
Wed Sep 19, 2012 + Heart of Glass 
Dawson's Creek Songs:
Be Careful What You Wish For + Maria 
Psych Songs:
Talk Derby to Me + One Way or Another 
Supernatural Songs:
My Heart Will Go On + One Way or Another 
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Songs:
Blondie + One Way or Another
+ Sugar on the Side 
Sugar Rush (UK) Songs:
My Life Sucks + Sunday Girl (French Version) 
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