Friday, May 17, 2019

Blondie Honored at ASCAP Music Awards


Three members of Blondie were among the songwriting luminaries honored at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards Thursday at the Beverly Hills Hotel, along with Louis Bell, Billie Eilish and Jeff Lynne of ELO.


Billboard reports:
Topping off the evening were the special presentations to music icons Blondie and Jeff Lynne. Given the Golden Note Award in recognition of their career achievements and influence on music, fashion and art, Blondie members Debbie Harry, Chris Stein and Clem Burke were welcomed to the stage by a rousing standing ovation and a host of cell phone cameras. Noted Harry, “It’s great to be here tonight and to accept this … and carry on.” And Harry did just that as she and band members rocked the ballroom with a riveting performance of signature Blondie gems “Call Me” and “Heart of Glass” plus the 2017 hit “Long Time,” co-penned with Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes.


Jeff Lynne, Joe Walsh and Clem Burke
Equally as mesmerizing was Jeff Lynne’s closing performance after receiving the Founders Award. Complemented by the keyboard wizardry of Benmont Tench, Lynne’s stripped-down acoustic set -- featuring “Telephone Line,” “Evil Woman” and “All Over the World” elicited singalongs, not to mention a roomful of bobbing bodies. 

 Debbie hits the right note off stage ...


And on ...


My favorite thing about this is that someone on the Debbie Harry/Blondie Facebook group asked if that was Frank Infante (second from left) with them in this photo -- to which I replied: I doubt he'll be receiving an award for "I Know but I Don't Know" anytime soon!


Well deserved, gang!

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