Raised in Hawthorne, New Jersey, Debbie Harry is actually a Miami native. July 1 is her 67th year on this planet and she shows no signs of slowing down. Her career began in New York City in the late 1960s with the folk group the Wind in the Willows. Harry went on to achieve international fame and success with punk, new wave icons Blondie, a band whose name she has become synonymous with because of her trademark platinum hair.
As a celebrated solo artist, Harry released five albums adding to the nine she made with Blondie, spanning four decades. She's worked in front of the camera as an actress as well. Debbie Harry is a busy woman, and having had the pleasure of seeing her perform at the Seminole Hard Rock earlier this year, one who has a lot of fuel left in her yet.
Debbie Harry -- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2006 inductee, 1999's VH1's 12th Greatest Woman of Rock and Roll, as well as their 2002's 18th Sexiest Artist of All Time -- continues to stand for one thing and one thing only: An icon of classy sensuality. From an era that begat the, at times, inaccessible Madonna, that is no small feat. Personally, you can keep Madonna, we'll take Debbie Harry any day of the week!
Check out a couple of our favorite moments in Harry's career in celebration of her birth after the jump.
5. Debbie Harry - "In Love with Love"
Here's a long dance number that was a 1987 single from her second solo album Rockbird. While she might be "in love" with love, we certainly are "in love" with her and her dance moves in this video. They fill us with enough confidence to dance at the next wedding we attend.
4. The Wind in the Willows - "Uptown Girl"
Here's a nice and quirky song from her lone album with The Wind in the Willows. This is cute and folksy and fun for the whole family, and we can already feel the punks and New Wavers cringing at the thought, but hey! Girl's gotta start somewhere, right?
3. Blondie - "Call Me"
From the spazzy drums to the voice, this is one of the most instantly recognizable Blondie songs and one you can bet on getting any party started.
2. Los Fabulosos Cadillacs featuring Debbie Harry - "Strawberry Fields Forever"
On her second collaboration with Argentine ska band, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Harry turns an awesome point on this Beatles' cover and one of the highlights of 1995's Rey Azúcar.
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1. Blondie - "Heart of Glass"
No song is as entwined with a band as "Heart of Glass." It is also in our opinion, one of the most mumbled and garbled (ourselves included) karaoke offerings out there, but let's be honest. When haven't you been ten whiskeys in and thought you could do it justice? Shit, we'll have a glass of water and still goof it. Regardless, we love this song. As well as her little outfit.