Johnny Was Blog
Raised in New Jersey by her adoptive parents. Deborah Harry moved to NYC in the late 60’s and worked a number of odd jobs including: secretary at BBC radio and a waitress at the Playboy Club. She began her music career in the all girl group the Stilettos and later on to Blondie.
The group “Blondie” was named for the term of address that men yelled at her when she bleached her hair. Blondie became regulars at Max’s Kansas City and CBGB’s. Though Blondie’s debut album was in 1976 where they hit it big in the British punk scene, they didn’t get commercial success till their third album Parallel Lines with the song Heart of Glass.
Deborah became the face and the stage character of Blondie using her assets – as they may – to put the group, in the face of the public. Musically, the group took from various influences including rap, disco and black culture mixing them up and serving them to the top 40 public as New Wave. Harry was one of the first mega-star women in rock paving the way for Madonna and Lady Gaga today.
Only in retrospect was her career really acknowledged for it’s musical significance. Named the 12th greatest women in Rock and Roll by VH1 and also inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Blondie the group in 2006.
After Blondie, Harry has not gone by the way-side. She went onto a successful solo career with five albums, has done a fair bit of acting, has been a strong advocate for same sex marriage and had a cosmetics campaign in 2006 with MAC for the Viva Glam lipstick that donates all proceeds to those living with HIV and AIDS worldwide. In 2011, she reunited with Blondie members