Debbie Harry is best known for being the main vocalist of Blondie, a new wave music band she cofounded in 1974. From 1979 through 2017, her albums with the band consistently charted at number one in the United States and the United Kingdom. Heart of Glass, The Tide is High, and Rapture, the first rap song to reach number one in the United States, were all hit singles.
|Full Name||Deborah Ann Harry|
|Birth Date||1 July 1945|
|Birth Place||Miami, Florida, US|
|Profession||Singer / Model / Actor|
|Life & Career|
Debbie Harry, the famous singer, was born in Miami, in year 1945. Richard and Catherine Harry, owners of a gift business in New Jersey, adopted her when she was 3 months old and nicknamed her Deborah Harry. She attended Hawthorne High School in Hawthorne, New Jersey, where she grew up.
She went on to Centenary College in Hackettstown after graduation, earning an Associate of Arts degree in 1965. Harry then proceeded to New York City, where he worked as a secretary at the BBC Radio headquarters for a year. She worked as a waitress, a go-go dancer, and a Cast Bunny, among other odd occupations.
Harry began her career as a backup vocalist for the folk rock band The Wind in the Willows in the late 1960s. She joined the Stilettoes in 1974, and after she departed, she cofounded Angel and the Snake with Tish and Snooky Bellomo and her lover Chris Stein. Finally, Harry and Stein founded Blondie, called after Harry’s bleached hair and the resulting male catcalls. Blondie quickly established herself as a frequent performer at New York’s clubs.
Blondie’s self-titled first album, which was modestly popular, was released in 1976. Six singles were released from the album, the most successful of which was the worldwide smash Heart of Glass, which charted at number 1, selling more than 2 million copies.
With the release of KooKoo, in year 1981, Harry began her solo singing career. It reached number 25 in the US and number 6 in the UK before being certified gold and silver in both countries. The music video for the album’s lead track, Backfired, was created by HR Giger, the renowned Swiss artist who also produced the album’s controversial cover art displaying Harry’s damaged face.
Def Dumb and Blonde, Harry’s next solo album, was released in year 1989 and featured smash singles including, I Want That Man, Sweet and Low, and Maybe for Sure. Harry travelled the world with Chris Stein, Karl Hyde, and Leigh Foxx over the next few years. She went on to record her solo album, Debravation and perform as a guest vocalist with several bands.
Blondie reformed in year 1997 with the original 4 members. The band published No Exit, 2 years later, which included the number-1 hit, Maria. The band published The Curse of Blondie, in year 2003. Harry went on to release solo albums also including, Necessary Evil and Pollinator.
Harry has acted in a number of films in addition to Blondie and her solo career. She appeared in Amos Poe’s art films and was uncredited in 1975’s, Deadly Hero. Her first big part was in the 1980 noir film, Union City. She starred with James Woods in David Cronenberg’s body horror film, Videodrome, in year 1983. Harry appeared in Forever, Lulu, Satisfaction, and Hairspray, later in the 1980s.
|Personal Life & Relationships|
Harry acknowledged in a statement that she had multiple relationships with women when she was younger. Harry and her 4 dogs reside part-time in New York City and part-time in Monmouth County, New Jersey, as of 2019.
When guitarist Chris Stein joined her early band the Stilettoes in the mid-70s, Harry began dating him. Stein took a year off after he was diagnosed with pemphigus and needed to care for him. During a burglary of her house, Harry was threatened at knifepoint while they were living together. Harry and Stein divorced in 1989, and Harry is now the godmother of Stein’s two kids.
Debbie Harry has a net worth of $30 million dollars. The main source of her income is the profession of singing.
Harry accumulated major part of her wealth from the success of her band Blondie. Its success worldwide also made fame to Harry and ultimately increased her net fortune.