Clem Burke

Clem Burke



Clem Burke is an American musician best known as the drummer for the rock band Blondie. He is also known for his collaborations with musicians such as Joan Jett, The Ramones, Bob Dylan, and The Eurythmics. He has been playing drums since he was a teenager and has been an active musician for over four decades.

Born Clement Burke on November 24th, 1955 in Bayonne, New Jersey, he was the youngest of five children. His parents were both working class immigrants from Poland. Burke took an interest in music early on, and his parents were supportive in encouraging him to pursue his dreams. He began playing the drums when he was only 13 years old. His first band was called The Stilettos and they performed at various local venues.

In 1974, Burke joined Blondie, a band formed by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein. This lineup released six albums, with their biggest hits being “Heart of Glass,” “Call Me,” and “The Tide Is High.” During this time, Burke also performed with other bands, such as The Ramones and Iggy Pop.

In 1982, Burke left Blondie to pursue a solo career. He released his first solo album, “Speed of Sound,” in 1985. Burke also performed with other bands and artists, such as Joan Jett, Bob Dylan, and The Eurythmics. In the 1990s, he joined the group The Romantics, where he wrote and performed the hit song “What I Like About You.”

In 1997, Blondie reunited and has since released three albums. Burke has also released two solo albums, “The Fleshtones” and “The Last Word.” He has also worked with various groups and projects, including the “Rock and Roll Forever” tour and the “Rock Hall Three for All” tour.

Burke has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, once with Blondie and once as a solo artist. He has also been voted as one of the greatest drummers of all time in various polls.

Clem Burke is an accomplished musician who has been active in the music industry for more than four decades. He has played with some of the biggest names in music and is considered one of the most influential drummers of all time. His long and successful career is a testament

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