Who Is Debbie Harry?
Debbie Harry met guitarist Chris Stein in the 1970s, and the two started a band that would later become the world-famous Blondie. Categorized as new wave (a genre of music shaped by styles that include punk, electronica, reggae and funk), Blondie eventually met commercial and critical success. The band’s third album, Parallel Lines, catapulted Harry to stardom and the song “Heart of Glass” reached No. 1, later followed by other chart-toppers like “Call Me,” “The Tide Is High” and “Rapture.” With her musical know-how and mesmerizing aesthetics, Harry became a pop icon, influencing many female singers to come.
Background and Early Life
Debbie Harry was born Angela Tremble on July 1, 1945, in Miami, Florida, and was adopted by Richard and Catherine Harry when she was 3 months old. Growing up in Hawthorne, New Jersey, Harry sang in the church choir. She tried college for two years before dropping out and moving to New York City in the late 1960s. Having sang with the band Wind in the Willows and worked as a Playboy Bunny, Harry ended up waiting tables at Max’s Kansas City, a popular club that was part of the downtown art and music scene. SOURCE