Personalities | Blondie | Seventies | Rock

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1974–82, 1997–present)

An internationally popular New York outfit emerging from the city’s thriving new wave scene of the mid-to late 1970s, Blondie’s founders were Debbie Harry (vocals) and Chris Stein (guitar), with an eventual supporting cast of Clem Burke (drums), Nigel Harrison (bass), Jimmy Destri (keyboards) and Frank Infante (guitar). More pop-oriented than their contemporaries and influenced by 1960s girl groups like The Shangri-Las, Blondie had a British No. 2 hit with ‘Denis’ from their second album Plastic Letters (1978). The follow-up, Parallel Lines (1978), was a chart topper on both sides of the Atlantic and contained the disco-flavoured smash ‘Heart Of Glass’, the first of six UK No. 1 singles.

Blondie dabbled in reggae (‘The Tide Is High’), calypso (‘Island Of Lost Souls’) and can claim to have made the first white rap song, ‘Rapture’. After the lacklustre The Hunter (1982), Blondie disbanded. The group reformed 15 years later and hit the UK No. 1 spot again with ‘Maria’.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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