The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum


Blondie

Induction category: Performer
Presented by: Shirley Manson

Biography

Inductees: Deborah Harry (vocals; born July 1, 1945), Clem Burke (drums; born November 24, 1955), Jimmy Destri (keyboards; born April 13, 1954), Nigel Harrison (bass; born April 24, 1951), Frank Infante (guitar; born November 15, 1951), Chris Stein (guitar; born January 5, 1950), Gary Valentine (bass; born December 24, 1955). Someone forgot to tell Blondie that New Wave bands weren’t supposed to have hit records. Blondie broke the Top 40 barrier with the Number One hit “Heart of Glass” in 1979. Their conquest was no minor feat, as it meant overcoming music-industry wariness about punk and New Wave, which challenged ...

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Blondie Highlights

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"Blondie put it this way once: 'Dreaming is free.' For many of us, myself included, Blondie were the dream...It's no doubt that they enjoy this particular honor as a result of their fearless and freewheeling approach to making music."

- Shirley Manson's induction of Blondie

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