He is a keyboardist, producer and songwriter born
James Destri in Brooklyn, New York
In 1974/5 he became a member of the New Wave band, Blondie that had
been put together by Debbie Harry and Chris Stein and with them has seen
success that has so far spanned over a three-decade period. Writing many of their songs
including "Maria", "11:59" and co-writing "Atomic" he rejoined them in 1997
after they had been disbanded for a 15 year period and still performs and
records with them, although stopped touring in 2004. . His sister, Donna, was a backing singer for Blondie's
single "Living in the Real World".
In 1981 he began following his solo career and released the album Heart
on a Wall and in the interim period when Blondie were apart, he ran his
own business renovating and selling old buildings. Working as a producer he has worked
on recordings by artists that include INXS and Prince.
11:59 (Jimmy Destri)