Debbie Harry booking
Adopted at about three months of age by Richard and Catherine Harry, Debbie Harry was raised in
New Jersey. She spent most of her twenties working odd jobs as a secretary, cocktail waitress and
Playboy bunny, while rubbing shoulders with the Warhol set.
In October 1973, Harry began both a musical and personal relationship with Chris Stein. Together,
Deborah and Chris formed Blondie. Blondie battled for success for many years but, late in 1977,
‘Denis’ reached number two in the British charts. ‘Heart of Glass’ was Blondie’s first worldwide hit,
reaching number one in both America and Britain. Harry’s glamorous platinum blonde looks, keen wit
and creative musical style propelled Blondie to mega stardom, and the group had several number one
hits, including ‘Call Me’, ‘The Tide is High’, and ‘Rapture’. However, tensions caused the group to split
in 1984, and Harry’s solo career would never live up to the success of Blondie. Her first solo album
‘Koo Koo’, was both a critical and commercial failure, although it is a firm favorite with her legions of
fans. Harry took four years off between the release of ‘Koo Koo’ and her second solo effort, ‘Rockbird’,
to nurse a seriously ill Chris Stein. With ‘Rockbird’, Debbie fared considerably better, scoring a number
two hit in Britain and a number one hit in Australia, but the album failed to chart well in America.
In 1989, Harry returned with the seductive ‘Def Dumb and Blonde’. Now recording under the name
Deborah Harry, the album was an eclectic blend of musical genres. Produced by Mike Chapman (exBlondie producer), the album signaled a return to Deborah Harry’s fundamentals. The UK hit single
was ‘I Want that Man’, the album also charted well in the US, going platinum in Australia, and was
followed by a world tour. Harry is also an actress, appearing in ‘Union City’ (1979), ‘Videodrome’
(1983) and ‘Hairspray’ (1986), amongst others. Since 1998, much of her time has been taken up
touring and recording with the reformed Blondie. In 1991, a compilation album entitled ‘The Complete
Picture: The Very Best of Deborah Harry and Blondie’ was released by Chrysalis and it succeeded in
reaching number three in the UK album chart.
She released her fourth solo album, ‘Debravation’, in 1993, and the singer took the album on the road
in November of that year when she toured with Chris Stein. ‘Necessary Evil’ was her next solo
endeavour, which was released in 2007 and was produced in collaboration with Super Buddha who
had previously remixed Blondie’s ‘In the Flesh’. In addition to her solo career, Harry has also kept her
commitment to Blondie and began a UK tour with the group in the summer of 2010. The band
appeared at the Isle of White and Rockness Festival as part of the tour and performed songs from
their forthcoming album, ‘Panic of Girls’. In an interview on Radio 4′s ‘Desert Island Discs’, Harry, who
is now 65, described the ageing process as “rough”.
She admitted that despite trying to improve her voice, she “relies on looks a lot” and went on to say
that “women’s calling cards, unfortunately, are based on their looks”.
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