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Call Me - Blondie (1980) - All about the song ...

Giorgio Moroder: "It was a hell of an experience, thanks to which I realized that I would never collaborate with rock bands again!"

The history of the song "Call Me" ("Call me") Blondie

Today, the light and carefree "Call Me" is included in the Top 500 Greatest Songs of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine. The uplifting track became Blondie's most significant breakthrough and best-selling single! And it's hard to believe that such a bright song tells the story of a girl of easy virtue...

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Blondie in 1979. From left to right: guitarist Frank Infante, guitarist Chris Stein, bassist Nigel Harrison, Debbie Harry, keyboardist Jimmy Destry and drummer Clem Burke.

"Call Me" was written specifically for the movie American Gigolo. Producer Giorgio Moroder co-wrote the track with Blondie vocalist Debbie Harry, the first woman in British chart history to have three smash No. 1 hits! However, the famous "Blondie" was not the first candidate on Moroder's track record...

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Harry at CBGB (music club) in 1978

Initially, the Italian king of disco turned to Stevie Nicks - the vocalist of Fleetwood Mac! But she refused, because she had already signed a contract with Modern Records, and did not have the right to work with other producers. Then Moroder approached Debbie with a rough cut of the instrumental track "Man Machine", as well as a request to write lyrics and music.

Incredibly, Miss Harry managed the job in a couple of hours! Afterwards, the band recorded - under the watchful guidance of Moroder, of course.

The single was released in the winter of 1980, and instantly won the leading lines of the charts, where it confidently lasted for six weeks! Subsequently, the track "Call Me" was sold out in millions of copies!

Interesting Facts

Giorgio Moroder shared his memories from the studio:

“It was a hell of an experience that made me realize that I would never collaborate with a rock band again! On the recording, there were constant skirmishes between the members of Blondie ... Just imagine: we go into the studio, and the guitarist is fighting with the keyboardist! After this song, we planned to make an album, but ... I called their manager and left as soon as possible!

Curiously, the English original includes the line "Call me, my darling" in Italian and French!

The track remained the most popular dance hit on both sides of the Atlantic for a month! A year later, "Call Me" was nominated for a Grammy Award and also ranked 44th on Billboard magazine's "100 Greatest Songs of All Time" list!

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