Debbie Harry, New York City, 1978

Debbie Harry in a red sheath dress and matching patent leather over the knee boots. She poses in the photo studio with musical instruments in New York City, 1978. The photographs were taken by Allan Tannenbaum.

The godmother of the New York punk scene, Debbie Harry, Blondie’s leading lady, set the stage for the 1980s punk revolution in the 1970s with her iconic white-blonde hair, mini-dresses, and over-the-knee latex boots. Sexy, with just the right amount of daring (animal prints were a Harry signature at the time), Harry’s style was all about being an individual.

Deborah Ann Harry (born Angela Trimble; July 1, 1945) is an American singer, songwriter and actress, known as the lead vocalist of the band Blondie. Her recordings with the band reached No. 1 in the US and UK charts on many occasions from 1979 to 2017.

Born in Miami, Florida, Harry was adopted as an infant and raised in Hawthorne, New Jersey. After attending college, she worked various jobs, including as a secretary (including at the BBC in New York), dancer, and Playboy Bunny, before breaking through in the music industry. Harry co-formed Blondie in 1974 in New York City. The band released their eponymous debut album in 1976, and released a further three albums between then and 1979, including Parallel Lines, which spawned six singles, including “Heart of Glass”. Their fifth album, Autoamerican (1980), afforded Harry and the band further attention, spawning such hits as a cover of “The Tide Is High”, and “Rapture”, the latter of which is considered the first rap song to chart at number one in the United States.

In 1981, Harry released her debut solo album, KooKoo, and, during a hiatus of Blondie, embarked on an acting career, appearing in lead roles in the neo-noir Union City (1980) and in David Cronenberg’s body horror film Videodrome (1983). She released her second solo album, Rockbird, in 1986, and subsequently starred in John Waters’s cult dance film Hairspray (1988). Harry went on to release two more solo albums between then and 1993, after which she returned to film with roles in a John Carpenter-directed segment of the horror film Body Bags (1993), and in the drama Heavy (1995).

Blondie reunited in the late 1990s, releasing No Exit (1999), followed by The Curse of Blondie (2003). Harry continued to appear in independent films throughout the 2000s, including Deuces Wild (2002), My Life Without Me (2003) and Elegy (2008). With Blondie, she released the group’s ninth studio album, Panic of Girls, in 2011, followed by Ghosts of Download (2014). The band’s eleventh studio album, 2017’s Pollinator, charted at number 4 in the United Kingdom. (Wikipedia)

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