Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, Blondie emerged as the great pop icons of New York's celebrated late '70s new wave punk scene by defying categorization. They wrote great rock hooks and brilliant lyrics while adorning hip clothes and wild hair. Debbie Harry went from being seen as punk to a cover girl of just about every mainstream publication.
The original Blondie was formed in 1974 by art student/guitarist Chris Stein and Kansas City waitress, vocalist/songwriter Deborah Harry. Drummer Clem Burke and keyboard player Jimmy Destri joined the following year. The band played the fabled New York downtown circuit of CBGB's, amassing a major following before recording their first album Blondie in 1976 through live shows. It was released in 1977 and was well received as the band toured in support of Iggy Pop and David Bowie.
In the summer of 1977, they released their second album, Plastic Letters, playing their first headlining tour through Europe and Asia and yielding the #2 UK hit single "Denisâ€. Parallel Lines followed, with the single "Picture This" going #12 in the U.K. and "Hanging on the Telephone," hitting #5. Blondie had their first #1 record in the U.S. with "Heart of Glass," which also sold over a million copies in the U.K., with the album moving more than 20 million copies worldwide. The fourth single from Parallel Lines, "Sunday Girl," also hit #1 in the U.K.
Thirty plus years, four platinum albums, and a breakup and reunion later, in 2008, EMI rereleased Parallel Lines celebrating the feat of having sold 20 million copies. The timeless band that broke records and crossed boundaries with their unique style and music will hit the road again for a tour that will take them across the U.S. and Europe from summer through the end of the year. The tour will bring the band to the House of Blues in Boston on September 12th. At 65 years young, Debbie Harryâ€™s still got the spunk that so very well accompanies her music.