To launch the 50th anniversary celebration of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Ringo Starr of “The Beatles” received the 2,401st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Monday in front of the Capitol Records building on Vine Street, next to the stars of former band-mates, John Lennon and George Harrison.
Starr was joined by his wife, Barbara Bach; Joe Walsh, of the “Eagles”; musician Ben Harper; and hundreds of fans as he received the honor, and thanked everyone for supporting his music over the years.
“I am really thrilled to be getting this star, and it’s great that this is the start of the next fifty years of stars,” Starr said. “It’s a great honor, and it’s great to get one at night, because where I come from, the stars come out at night.”
Starr said he has enjoyed working with many musicians over the years, and specifically spoke about his tenure as drummer for “The Beatles”. Lennon’s star was recently moved in front of the Capitol Records building next to Harrison’s star. Fellow “Beatle” Paul McCartney does not currently have a star on the Walk of Fame.
“I had three brothers. They looked out for me and we all looked out for each other,” Starr said. “It was really great to be part of that, and we made some great music.”
Approximately 500 members of the crowd burst into cheers and applause in response to Starr’s comments on “The Beatles”. Leron Gubler, president and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which oversees the Walk of Fame, said it was one of the largest star ceremonies ever held. Vine Street was closed between Hollywood Boulevard and Yucca Avenue to accommodate the crowd.
Gubler said the chamber had wanted to do something big to launch the 50th Anniversary of the Walk of Fame, and chose Starr as a recipient because of his worldwide contributions to music. Gubler added that Walk of Fame is an attraction that has become synonymous with Hollywood and its history.
“The Walk of Fame has kept Hollywood going for fifty years, and it’s become an international icon,” Gubler said. “A lot of people come and enjoy it. It’s a public resource in Southern California. A lot of people just think of it as a tourist attraction, but it actually epitomizes creative activity in Southern California.”
Gubler said the Chamber is currently in the process of raising money for restorations to the Walk of Fame, which in some areas has become damaged and cracked. He added that the 50th anniversary will feature two special events, including a Walk of Fame community street festival that is tentatively scheduled for July 25. The event would include musical performances and family activities centering around the Walk of Fame. In November, the Chamber plans to hold a gala where all past recipients of Walk of Fame stars will be invited.
“It’s going to be a great year with a lot of fun things,’” Gubler added. “I hope everyone will visit the Walk of Fame this year, because it really is very special.”
For information, visit www.hollywoodchamber.net.
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