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Blondie

1945

Deborah Ann Harry, vocalist for Blondie, is born in Miami, Florida.

1950

Chris Stein, guitarist with Blondie, is born in Brooklyn, New York.

1951

Bassist Nigel Harrison of Blondie and other bands is born in England.

1954

Keyboardist Jimmy Destri of Blondie is born in Brooklyn, New York.

1955

Gary Valentine, the original bassist for Blondie, is born.

1955

Clem Burke, the drummer for Blondie, is born in New York.

1968

Capitol Records releases the self-titled album by Wind in the Willows, a folk-rock group that includes future Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry.

1974

The first edition of Blondie forms when Debbie Harry leaves the Stilettos, and takes the band, including guitarist Chris Stein, with her.

1975

Blondie’s lineup coheres as a quintet with singer Debbie Harry, guitarist Chris Stein, organist Jimmy Destri, drummer Clem Burke and bassist Gary Valentine. This group will record the albums Blondie and Plastic Letters (although Valentine will leave during sessions for the latter).

1977

Blondie’s self-titled debut album is released on the small Private Stock label. It contains such favorites as “X Offender” (issued as a single in May), “In the Flesh” and “Rip Her to Shreds.” Blondie will be re-released on Chrysalis - the larger label to which they’ll soon move - in September.

1977

Plastic Letters, Blondie’s second album, is released. Recorded during a period of transition, the album cover depicts Blondie as a foursome

1977

The definitive Blondie lineup is realized as a sextet with the core of Harry, Stein, Destri and Burke joined by bassist Nigel Harrison and guitarist Frank Infante.

1978

Blondie’s “Denis” - a French-accented remake of Randy and the Rainbows’ 1963 hit “Denise” - peaks at #2 in the U.K. as Plastic Letters enters the U.K. Top Ten.

1978

Blondie is joined onstage at CBGB by Robert Fripp (of King Crimson) for an impromptu run-through of Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love.” The gesture presages their arty embrace of disco with “Heart of Glass” in the coming year.

1978

Blondie’s career-defining album Parallel Lines is released. The album will peak at #6 in the U.S and sell 7 million copies worldwide. “Heart of Glass” reached #1 in the U.S. and Britain, and there were four more hits here ("One Way of Another") and abroad ("Hanging On the Telephone,” “Picture This” and “Sunday Girl"), as well.

1979

“Heart of Glass,” by Blondie, hits Number One on Billboard’s singles chart. It effectively announces the commercial arrival of New Wave.

1979

Eat to the Beat, Blondie’s fourth album, is released. It will peak at #17 and yield the hit single “Atomic” (#39)

1980

Blondie’s “Call Me” tops the singles charts for the first of six weeks. It ties Kenny Rogers’ “Lady” for the most weeks at Number One in this year.

1980

Autoamerican, Blondie’s fifth studio album, is released. It contains two Number One singles (“The Tide Is High” and “Rapture”).

1981

Autoamerican becomes the third Blondie album in a row - following Parallel Lines and Eat to the Beat - to be certified platinum (one million copies sold) by the RIAA.

1981

“The Tide Is High,” Blondie’s remake of a song by the Paragons (a Jamaican group), reaches Number One.

1981

Blondie’s “Rapture,” a groundbreaking mix of rock and rap, tops the singles chart for the first of two weeks. It is the group’s fourth and final Number One single.

1982

Blondie’s “Island of Lost Souls” (from The Hunter) enters the Top Forty, where it will peak at #37. It is the thirteenth U.S. single from Blondie’s first go-round as a group, marking the end of their three-year reign as the New Wave’s most successful singles act.

1990

The Ramones, Deborah Harry, and Talking Heads alums Jerry Harrison and the Tom Tom Club kick off their “Escape from New York” tour, revisiting the glory days of CBGB’s.

1994

Blondie -The Platinum Collection, a double-disc retrospective, is released. Its 47 tracks include early demos and remixes of “Atomic” and “Rapture.”

1998

Blondie kicks off a reunion tour in Stockholm, Sweden. Original members include Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, Jimmy Destri and Clem Burke - but not Frank Infante and Nigel Harrison, who will sue the band for $1 million.

1999

“Maria,” by Blondie, enters the U.K. singles chart at Number One, making them the first act to have chart-topping singles in three different decades.

1999

No Exit, the reunited Blondie’s first studio album since 1982’s The Hunter, is released.

2005

Best of Blondie receives its second platinum certification from the RIAA, signifying sales of two million copies. It is the top-selling album in Blondie’s catalog.

2006

Blondie is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 21st annual induction dinner. Shirley Manson of Garbage is their presenter.