Lead guitarist and co-founder of the new wave group Blondie who wrote the song "Sunday Girl" for his band.
His childhood interest in Egypt and mummies was side-lined when he got his first guitar.
He was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease, and although he eventually recovered, Blondie still broke up.
His wife Barbara Sicuranza is an actress, with whom Stein has two daughters.
His ex-girlfriend Debbie Harry was on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in a photo taken by Annie Leibovitz.