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Debbie Harry

Debbie Harry biography

Birth name Deborah Ann Harry
Born July 1, 1945 (1945-07-01) (age 65)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Genres New Wave, pop, rock, punk rock, Power Pop, Disco

Deborah Ann “Debbie” Harry (born July 1, 1945) 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.

Harry is the daughter of Catherine and Richard Harry, gift shop proprietors in Hawthorne, New Jersey, who adopted her at the age of three-months-old, in Miami, Florida.  She attended Hawthorne High School, where she graduated in 1963. She graduated from Centenary College in Hackettstown, New Jersey, with an Associate of Arts degree in 1965. Before starting her singing career she moved to New York City in the late 1960s and worked as a secretary at BBC Radio’s office there for one year. Later, she was a waitress at Max’s Kansas City, and worked in a Dunkin’ Donuts shop, after which she was a dancer in Union City, New Jersey, and a Playboy Bunny.

She began her musical career in the late ’60s with a folk rock group, The Wind in the Willows. Harry then joined a girl-group trio, The Stilettos, in the early 1970s.[citation needed] The Stilettos’ backup band included her eventual boyfriend and Blondie guitarist, Chris Stein.[citation needed] Harry and Stein formed the band Blondie in the mid-1970s, naming it for the term of address men often yelled at Harry from passing cars.[citation needed] Blondie quickly became regulars at Max’s Kansas City and CBGB in New York City. After a debut album in 1976, commercial success followed in the late 1970s to the early 1980s, first in Australia and Europe, then in the United States.

While leading Blondie, Harry and Stein became life as well as musical partners, although they never married; Harry has no children.[6] In the mid-1980s, she took a few years off to nurse Stein back to health after he suffered a life-threatening disease. Stein and Harry broke up in the 1990s, but they have continued to work together.[citation needed] In 1999, she was called the 12th greatest woman of rock and roll by VH1′s 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll and in 2002, she was called the 18th sexiest artist of all time by VH1′s 100 Sexiest Artists [8] Harry resides in Red Bank, New Jersey, and in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City.

 
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