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Flashback 2010: Ringo Starr gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

plaqueOn February 8, 2010, Ringo Starr, former Beatle and legendary drummer, received the 2,401st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremony commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Walk of Fame with a special nighttime dedication which took place in front of the Capitol Records building, a building which Starr quipped, “[The Beatles] helped pay for.”

The ceremony organized by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce began with members of the Los Angeles Unified School Districts’ Marching Band performing a 21-drum salute in Starr’s honor. Other celebrities attending the ceremony included David Lynch, Jeff Lynne and Eric Idle.
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The three guests who spoke on Ringo’s behalf represented different periods in Ringo’s solo career. Musician Joe Walsh, who also happens to be Starr’s brother-in-law, first worked with Ringo on the 1980s album, Old Wave. He called Ringo “the most kind and helpful friend you could ever want.” Walsh was also part of Ringo’s first All-Starr Band back in 1989. In 2010, Ringo toured with his 11th All Starr band.

Producer Don Was, who first worked with Ringo on his 1992 album Time Takes Time, called Ringo “one of the greatest drummers in the history of rock and roll.” He described Ringo’s innovative style of “musical drumming” stating “Ringo’s musicality, his groove and his spirit are absolutely essential components of all those great Beatle records…what I hear in his drumming is humility… respect for the song, respect for the singer…compassion for what the other musicians are doing.”

Singer/songwriter Ben Harper began his praise for Ringo by saying, “Ringo Starr is simply another way of saying peace and love.” Harper and his band Relentless7 have been the support band for Ringo in his recent live appearances to promote hist latest album Y NOT.

An awestruck Harper gushed that there were “no words enough to define the global cultural and spiritual effect and influence Ringo Starr has had on the entire planet.” Harper became friends with Ringo after they both appeared at David Lynch’s Transcendental Meditation benefit concert last year.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa presented Ringo with an official proclamation from the city and host Leron Gubler, President and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce proclaimed it was Ringo Starr Day.

Finally when Ringo took the stage, he described how touched he was to hear all the compliments given by the three musicians: “It’s hard to stand up here and to have guys like that saying what they said — I want a record of that. I want to put it on CD and never take it down… These three guys who spoke tonight are at the top of my list.”

Ringo went on to thank his wife, Barbara Bach, of 30 years, who he says he fell in love with instantly when he saw her at LAX airport in 1980. Then Ringo talked about his former bandmates:

“The Beatles in my book was the best band in the world. I have three brothers. They looked out for me, I looked out for them, and we all supported each other. It was really beautiful to be part of that and besides that, we made some great records!

“They’re still my closest friends, they’re nominated here in front of me – John and George. I love them both. Peace and love! And let’s not forget the guy who’s in England – Paul. Peace and love!”

All four stars for John, Paul, George and Ringo are located next to each other in front of the Capitol Records’ building entrance at 1750 N. Vine Street. John Lennon posthumously received a star on September 30, 1988 and the late George Harrison received a star on April 14, 2009. Paul McCartney had already been approved to receive a star but the ceremony was not held until February 9, 2012.

The Beatles star was included on the Walk of Fame on December 25, 1998, and placed next to Elvis Presley’s star when that star was moved from its original location to a special spot at the corner of Hollywood Blvd and La Brea.

“I’m thrilled to be getting this star,” Ringo continued. “This is the start of the next 50 years of stars and I’m proud to be the first one. It’s also cool to get it at night. I don’t know about you, but where I live the stars come out at night.”

Ringo ended his speech with his favorite motto: “Peace and Love!”

Ben Harper summed it up best: “Today, the Hollywood Walk of Fame is receiving a star by which all other stars are measured — Ringo Starr.”

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Related: A Look Back at Paul McCartney’s Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony

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Yoko Ono and EMI to release remastered John Lennon albums in October

Photo Credit: Iain Macmillan (C) Yoko Ono

During the week of October 9, 2010, the day which would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday, eight of John Lennon’s classic solo albums will be released in new digitally remastered editions. Overseen by Yoko Ono, John Lennon’s “Gimme Some Truth” campaign will launch on October 5 with the worldwide release of John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970); Imagine (1971); Some Time In New York City (1972); Mind Games (1973); Walls and Bridges (1974); Rock ‘n’ Roll (1975); Double Fantasy Stripped Down (2010) / Double Fantasy (1980) and Milk and Honey (1984).

Several newly-compiled titles will also be released including a newly remixed ‘Stripped Down’ version of Double Fantasy, 1980’s GRAMMY Award winner for Album of the Year, remixed and produced by Yoko Ono and Jack Douglas, co-producers of the original mix with John Lennon. The new stripped down version of the album comes in an expanded 2CD and digital edition pairing the new version with Lennon’s original mix, remastered.

Yoko Ono commented: “Double Fantasy Stripped Down really allows us to focus our attention on John’s amazing vocals. Technology has advanced so much that, conversely, I wanted to use new techniques to really frame these amazing songs and John’s voice as simply as possible. By stripping down some of the instrumentation the power of the songs shines through with an enhanced clarity. Double Fantasy Stripped Down will be complemented by the original album in the 2CD format. It was whilst working on the new version of this album that I was hit hardest emotionally, as this was the last album John released before his passing.”

The campaign’s other new collections include: a hits compilation in two editions titled Power To The People: The Hits; a 4CD set of themed discs titled Gimme Some Truth; and a deluxe 11CD collectors box with the remastered albums, rarities, and non-album singles, titled the John Lennon Signature Box.

Yoko Ono said: “In this very special year, which would have seen my husband and life partner John reach the age of 70, I hope that this remastering / reissue program will help bring his incredible music to a whole new audience. By remastering 121 tracks spanning his solo career, I hope also that those who are already familiar with John’s work will find renewed inspiration from his incredible gifts as a songwriter, musician and vocalist and from his power as a commentator on the human condition. His lyrics are as relevant today as they were when they were first written and I can think of no more apposite title for this campaign than those simple yet direct words ‘Gimme Some Truth’.”

Power To The People: The Hits gathers 15 of Lennon’s most popular songs, and will be available as a 15-track single-disc and digital package, and as an Experience Edition with additional content. Both versions will be packaged in digisleeves with booklets including a new liner note essay by Du Noyer.

Gimme Some Truth, to be packaged in a slipcase with rare photos and a new liner notes essays by respected American music journalist and author, Anthony DeCurtis, presents 72 of Lennon’s solo recordings on four themed CDs: ‘Roots’ – John’s rock ‘n’ roll roots and influences; ‘Working Class Hero’ – John’s socio-political songs; ‘Woman’ – John’s love songs; and ‘Borrowed Time’ – John’s songs about life.

The John Lennon Signature Box is a deluxe 11CD and digital collection of the eight remastered albums, a disc of rare and previously unreleased recordings, and an EP of Lennon’s non-album singles. The CDs will be housed in digisleeves within a deluxe box including a collectible limited edition John Lennon art print and a hardbound book featuring rare photos, artwork, collages, poetry, and new liner notes by DeCurtis.

For more info, visit http://www.johnlennon.com

(Source: Press Release)