Blondie's birthday: Debbie Harry celebrates the big 70
She may have sung Die Young Stay Pretty in 1979, but Debbie Harry has reached the grand age of 70 – and she’s stayed pretty anyway.
Here are seven reasons we love Blondie’s lead singer – one for every decade.
1. She’s cool, collected and confident
Debbie doesn’t seem to have ever doubted that she’s sexy and beautiful. And why should she?
Some choice quotations:
“I’m not as perky as I used to be… but my bosoms are still pretty good” – 1998, The Telegraph
“I wasn’t going to be told by my record company how to look” – 2014, The Daily Mail
“The only person I really believe in is me” – 1980s interview
2. Blondie have kept going… and going Blondie performing in 2011
After forming in 1974, Blondie, split up in 1982 due to illness, drug use, and tensions within the band. But they just couldn’t stay apart.
By 1997 the band was back together and shot to the top of the charts again with Maria. Blondie have been together ever since – and they’re still going strong, bringing out a 10th album last year.
Hats off to a singer who can lead a band for over four decades, and still sing like this at the age of 68:
3. She once sang on the Muppet Show
Debbie wore a fantastic all-purple outfit with shoulder feathers to belt out Call Me with a bunch of Muppets providing back-up vocals. And she got really, really into it.
4. That hair
Though Blondie is the band, the name became synonymous with Debbie herself and her signature blonde hair.
5. In fact, she oozes style
Debbie – or Blondie – is a rock/punk chick, a youth culture figure, and the enemy of boring clothes.
Both on-stage and off, Debbie treats getting dressed in the morning as a creative process.
6. She’s never boring
This is a woman who has worked as a playboy bunny, a go-go dancer, and a beautician.
She’s acted on Broadway and in films, she claims to have psychic episodes, and her childhood nickname was apparently Moon. We bet she’s fun at parties.
7. In fact, she always seems like she’s having fun
Doesn’t she look like she’s loving it? Happy 70th birthday!