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In June , Blondie was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone. Harry's persona, combining cool sexuality with streetwise style, became so closely associated with the group's name that many came to believe "Blondie" was the singer's name. The difference between the individual Harry and the band Blondie was emphasized by a "Blondie is a group" button campaign by the band in Blondie released their debut album in ; it peaked at No.
Their second album, Plastic Letters , garnered some success outside the United States, but their third album, Parallel Lines , was a worldwide smash-hit and catapulted the group to international success. It included the global hit single " Heart of Glass ". Riding the crest of disco 's domination, the infectious track made 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 Autoamerican UK 3, US 7 was released in During this time, both Harry and Stein befriended graffiti artist Fab Five Freddy , who introduced them to the emerging hip-hop scene in the Bronx.
Freddy is mentioned in "Rapture" and also makes an appearance in the video. Through him they were also able to connect with Grandmaster Flash. Harry was immortalised by Andy Warhol in , who produced a number of artworks of her image from a single photoshoot at the Factory. The artist created a small series of four acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas portraits of the star in different colours, as well as Polaroids and a small number of rare silver gelatin prints from the shoot.
Stein was also present that day to capture Warhol photographing Harry in a series of his own photographs, exhibited in in London. The first episode opened with Harry announcing the theme: Never get mired in the past and always accept new things whatever age you are.
In , Harry issued a press release to clarify that her name was not "Debbie Blondie" or "Debbie Harry" but rather Deborah Harry, though Harry later described her character in the band as being named "Blondie", as in this quote from the No Exit tour book:. You know, when I woke up this morning I had a realization about myself. I was always Blondie. People always called me Blondie, ever since I was a little kid.
What I realized is that at some point I became Dirty Harry. I couldn't be Blondie anymore, so I became Dirty Harry.
After a year-long hiatus, Blondie regrouped and released their sixth studio album, The Hunter. The album was not as successful as their previous works, and a world tour was cut short due to slow ticket sales. It was around this time that Stein also fell seriously ill with the rare autoimmune disease pemphigus. His illness, along with declining record sales and internal struggles, caused the band to split up.
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 , Panic of Girls , Ghosts of Download , and Pollinator , which debuted at 4 in the UK. Harry also released her fifth solo album in During this time, she delineated the different personae Blondie the band, her role in the band, and Deborah Harry the singer to an interviewer who asked why she played only solo music on the True Colors Tour: I really want to make a clear definition between Debbie's solo projects and Blondie, and I hope that the audience can appreciate that and also appreciate this other material.
Harry has released five solo albums. She began her solo career in with KooKoo. The album's cover art was controversial, and many stores refused to stock it. Giger who also created the album's front cover featuring Harry's face with metal skewers through it. After Blondie split up in , Harry's solo output slowed down as she cared for ailing partner Chris Stein. She released the single "Rush Rush" in produced by Giorgio Moroder and taken from the film Scarface , but it was commercially unsuccessful.
A new single, "Feel The Spin" taken from the film Krush Groove , was released as a limited 12" single in , but it also was unsuccessful. In , Harry released her second solo album, called Rockbird , which peaked at 97 in the US, and 31 in the UK  where it has been certified gold for , sales by the BPI. It was their first collaboration since the Blondie album The Hunter. Her next solo venture was the album Def, Dumb and Blonde in At this point Harry reverted from "Debbie" to "Deborah" as her professional name.
The success of the single propelled the album to 12 on the UK chart,  where it earned a silver disc. However, with little promotion from her record company in the US, it peaked at She followed this up with the ballad " Brite Side " and the club hit " Sweet and Low ".
The collection reached 3 in the UK album chart  and earned a gold disc. Harry's fourth solo album, Debravation , appeared in July This was followed by " Strike Me Pink " in September.
Deborah Ann Harry (born Angela Trimble; July 1, ) is an American singer, songwriter, model and actress, known as the lead singer of the new wave band cheswick-stand.tk recordings with the band reached the number-one charts place in the United States and the United Kingdom on many occasions through to (plus a sixth UK number-one in ). The ageless Debbie Harry performing John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s ““Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” with the Middlechurch East Village Gospel Choir, Jan 22, · Merry christmas blondie! Lindsey Cooley The Harry Fox Agency, Inc. (HFA), and 11 Music Rights Societies; Merry Christmas & Happy New Year -Debbie Harry .