By Webteam - 1st July 2017 6:05am
Deborah Ann Harry is an American singer-songwriter and actress best known as the lead singer of the band Blondie. She recorded several worldwide number one singles with Blondie during the 1970s and 1980s. She is sometimes considered the first rapper to chart at number one in the United States owing to her work on "Rapture". She has also had success (mainly in Europe) as a solo artist before reforming Blondie in the late 1990s. Her acting career spans over 60 film roles and numerous television appearances.
Blondie was formed in 1975, with their first debut album released in 1976. It peaked at No. 14 in Australia and No. 75 in the UK. Their second album, Plastic Letters, garnered some success outside the United States, but their third album, Parallel Lines (1978), was a worldwide smash and shot the group to international success. It included the global hit single "Heart of Glass". Riding the crest of disco's domination, the infectious track hit #1 in the US and sold nearly two million copies. It also reached #1 in the UK and was the second highest-selling single of 1979.
The band's success continued with the release of the platinum-selling Eat to the Beat album (UK #1, US #17) in 1979 and Autoamerican (UK #3, US #7) in 1980. Blondie had further #1 hits with "Call Me", "The Tide Is High", "Atomic" (UK #1) and "Rapture" (US #1). After a year-long hiatus in 1981 during which Harry released her first solo album, Blondie regrouped and released their sixth studio album, The Hunter, in 1982. The album was not as successful as their previous works, and a world tour was cut short owing to slow ticket sales. Declining record sales and internal struggles led the band to split up.
Harry continued her solo career during the 1980s and 90s, but in 1997 Blondie began working together again for the first time in 15 years. The four original members embarked on sessions for what would become Blondie's seventh studio album, No Exit (1999). The lead single from the album, "Maria", debuted at #1 in the UK, giving Blondie their sixth UK #1 hit. "Maria" also reached #1 in 14 different countries, the top 10 on the US Dance Charts, and Top 20 on the US Adult Top 40 Charts. No Exit debuted at #3 in the UK and #17 in the US.
The band continued to tour on an almost-annual basis for the next several years and continued to record, releasing the albums The Curse of Blondie (2003), Panic of Girls (2011), Ghosts of Download (2014), and Pollinator (2017), which debuted at #4 in the UK.
Born on 1st July, 1945 in Miami, Florida, U.S.
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