Blondie was a popular and influential American band that pioneered the New York new wave and punk scenes in the 1970s. The group was founded by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein in October 1974. They came up with the name Blondie following the shouts of ‘Hey, Blondie’ made by truck drivers as they drove past Debbie Harry.
In December 1976 they released their debut album ‘Blondie’ and then their second album ‘Plastic Letters’ in 1978. However despite both albums being successful in the United Kingdom and Australia they were still largely viewed as an underground band until the release of their third album ‘Parallel Lines’ in 1978. This album contained the hit singles ‘Hanging on the Telephone’, ‘Sunday Girl’ and ‘Heart of Glass’ and was the band’s most successful album selling over 20 million copies globally.
Over the next few years Deborah Harry became well known as the sexy and glamorous face of the band and they continued to produce a score of hits. They became noted for their eclectic mix of musical styles incorporating elements of disco, pop, reggae, and early rap music.
In 1982, after the release of their sixth studio album ‘The Hunter’, Blondie broke up and Debbie Harry embarked on a solo career. However they then reformed in 1997 and toured extensively for the following years. In 2006 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.