Born in Florida in 1945, Debbie Harry met guitarist Chris Stein in the 1970s, and the two started a band that would later become the world-famous group Blondie. Creating new wave, a type of rock music inspired by punk and other music styles, including reggae and funk, Blondie soon met commercial and critical success. Blondie released their debut album in 1976, it peaked at No. 14 in Australia and No. 75 in the UK. Their second album, Plastic Letters, garnered some success outside the United States, but their third album, Parallel Lines (1978) was a worldwide smash and shot the group to international success. It included the global hit single “Heart of Glass“. Riding the crest of disco‘s domination, the infectious track hit No.1 in the US and sold nearly two million copies. It also reached No.1 in the UK and was the second highest selling single of 1979.
The band’s success continued with the release of the platinum-selling Eat to the Beat album (UK No.1, US No.17) in 1979 and Autoamerican (UK No.3, US No.7) in 1980. Blondie had further No.1 hits with “Call Me“, “The Tide Is High“, “Atomic” (UK #1) and “Rapture” (US #1).