Blondie are a new wave rock band founded by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein. The group mixed sixties pop sensibilities with the energy of the New York musical scene, incorporating punk, disco, reggae, and rap elements into their music. The band’s style was decidedly New Wave, and the group became breakout stars within the genre, scoring several number one hits. The focus, of course, was on the group’s pretty blonde singer. But Stein along with drummer Clem Burke, keyboardist Jimmy Destri, and bassist Frank Infante formed a solid musical foundation.

The group scored big with the disco-tinged “Heart of Glass” in 1979, but other tracks from their album were more in line with the group’s traditional sound. “One Way or Another” was a more straight-ahead rocker, as was “Hanging on the Telephone.” In 1980, the group issued an album featuring the hits “Dreaming” and “Atomic” but the group scored an unlikely number one thanks to a song from a movie soundtrack. “Call Me” was the theme song from American Gigolo, and was produced by famed disco producer Giorgio Moroder. Moroder wrote the music and Harry the lyrics, with the song recorded by the band. The song touched on the prostitution themes of the movie, and was a number one hit for six weeks.

In 1981, the group returned with reggae song “The Tide is High” and “Rapture” which featured a rap by Harry during the middle of the song. Both songs hit number one, and “Rapture” became the first number one hit with hip-hop elements. A poorly received 1982 album led to the group’s breakup, with Harry forging a mediocre solo career. The band reformed for a new album in 1999, including the global hit “Maria”. That song hit number one in the U.K., making Blondie the only American band to score number one hits in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.

Blondie released a couple albums since, but is still very popular on tour.  Harry and Stein have been a couple since the early 1970s, but never married.