Blondie - Timeline
Born on this day in Miami, Florida Deborah Ann Harry who was adopted at three months by Catherine (Peters) and Richard Smith Harry, gift shop proprietors in Hawthorne, New Jersey. Before starting her singing career she moved to New York City in the late 1960s and worked as a secretary at BBC Radio's office. Later, she was a waitress at Max's Kansas City, a go-go dancer in a Union City, New Jersey, discothèque, and a Playboy Bunny. Harry was as a back-up vocalist in The Wind in the Willows, and then went on to join The Stilettos in 1974.
5-Jan-1950, Born on this day, Chris Stein, guitarist, singer, songwriter.
24-Nov-1955, Born on this day in Bayonne, New Jersey, Clem Burke, drummer, who joined Blondie in 1975.
12-Oct-1974, Blondie appeared at CBGB’s in New York City, under the name ‘Blondie’ for the first time. The name is derived from comments made by truck drivers who catcalled "Hey, Blondie" to Harry as they drove by.
17-June-1976, Blondie release their debut single “X Offender”. Written by Gary Valentine and Debbie Harry, the title of the song was originally "Sex Offender", written about an 18-year-old boy being arrested for having sex with his younger girlfriend. Debbie Harry changed the lyrics so that the song was about a prostitute being attracted to the police officer that had arrested her. Private Stock, the band’s label insisted that the single be changed to "X Offender" because they were nervous about the original title.
13-Mar-1977, Iggy Pop and David Bowie kicked off a the North American leg of The Idiot World Tour at Le Plateau Theatre, Montreal, Canada with Blondie as the opening act.
22-May-1977, Television kicked off their first UK tour at the Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland, Blondie were the support act.
1-Sep-1977, Blondie signed their first major record company contract with Chrysalis Records.
8-Dec-1977, Four people were arrested after a riot broke out when Blondie didn't arrive for a gig in Brisbane. Over 1,000 Australian fans had waited over an hour for the group to appear on stage, but the gig was cancelled due to singer Debbie Harry being unwell.
11-March-1978, Blondie were at No.2 on the UK chart with their version of the Randy & the Rainbows song "Denis", kept off the No.1 position by Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heights".
30-Oct-1978, Blondie released the single “Hanging on the Telephone”, as the second single off Parallel Lines. Written by Jack Lee from US West Coast power pop trio The Nerves. The song gave Blondie their first UK Top 10 hit.
3-Feb-1979, Blondie had the first of five UK No.1 singles, with “Heart Of Glass”, taken from the band's third studio album, Parallel Lines. “Heart of Glass” was originally recorded in 1975 under the name “Once I Had a Love.”
17-Feb-1979, Blondie scored their first UK No.1 album when Parallel Lines started a four-week run at the top of the charts. Their third studio album also became the bands commercial breakthrough in the United States, where it reached number 6 in April 1979. The album has now sold over 20 million copies worldwide.
28-April-1979, “Heart Of Glass” tops the US singles chart giving Blondie their first US No.1. The track also topped the charts in Australia, Canada and Germany.
26-May-1979, “Sunday Girl” gave Blondie their second UK No.1 hit single. The track was taken from Parallel Lines, which went on to become the biggest selling album of 1979 in the UK.
1-Feb-1980, Blondie released “Call Me”, the main theme song of the 1980 film American Gigolo. It peaked at No. 1 for six consecutive weeks, and became the top-selling single of the year in the United States in 1980.
31-Jan-1981, Blondie scored their third US No.1 single with “The Tide Is High”. Written by John Holt, the song was originally performed by the Jamaican group The Paragons with Holt on vocals.
28-March-1981, Blondie scored their fourth US No.1 hit with “Rapture”, the first No. 1 song in the US to feature rap and its lyrics were especially notable for name-checking hip-hop pioneers Fab Five Freddy and Grandmaster Flash.
7-Feb-1999, Blondie went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with “Maria”, giving the group their 6th UK No.1 single, 20 years after their first. At the age of 54, lead singer Debbie Harry became the oldest female to make No.1.
5-June-2008, Blondie kicked-off a world tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Parallel Lines with a concert in Baltimore, Maryland. In July, the tour took the band overseas to Israel, the UK, Russia, Europe and Scandinavia, wrapping up on August 4, 2008 at Store Vega in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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