Blondie is joining the ranks of the artists on the Hollywood RockWalk.
Rock And Roll Hall of Famers Blondie emerged as the one of the great pop icons of New York’s celebrated late ‘70s new wave punk scene. The original Blondie was formed in 1974 by art student/guitarist Chris Stein and vocalist/songwriter Deborah Harry. Drummer Clem Burke and keyboard player Jimmy Destri joined in 1975.
The band played the fabled New York downtown circuit of CBGB’s, Max’s Kansas City and Mothers, amassing a major following before recording their first album,Blondie, in 1976. They followed that with 1977’sPlastic Letters, which spawned the #2 U.K. single “Denis.” That summer the band set to work on its third studio album,Parallel Lines, with producer Mike Chapman. Released in 1978 and selling more than 25 million copies worldwide,Parallel Lines produced the first ever #1 record forBlondie in the U.S. with“Heart Of Glass.” The highly prolific group continued to release influential albums and singles such as“Eat To The Beat,” which was released in 1979 and was quickly certified platinum, and they climbed the U.S. charts again, in 1980, with the hit single“Call Me” from the American Gigolo soundtrack.
Autoamerican , also went platinum and produced the #1 smash “The Tide Is High” whileThe Hunter, released in 1982, included the single “Island of Lost Souls,” their final U.S. hit before Chris fell ill and the group disbanded. After 16 years apartBlondie reformed in 1999 and released their seventh studio albumNo Exit, which reached #1 in 14 different countries on the success of the single “Maria.”
They returned again in 2004 with the release ofThe Curse of Blondie. The band most recently released theLive By Request CD/DVD in 2004 and theGreatest Hits: Sound And Vision CD/DVD in March of 2006. Blondie are currently on the road with The New Cars for what is to be their last tour. For more information onBlondie, visit www.blondie.net .
WHAT: Hollywood’s RockWalk is the only sidewalk gallery dedicated to honoring those artists who have made a significant impact and lasting contribution to the growth and evolution of rock ‘n’ roll, blues and R&B.
WHERE: Hollywood’s RockWalk
7425 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, CA
WHEN: Monday, May 22, 2006 at noon
This event is free and open to the public