The Beatles’ stars
Tonight, Ringo Starr will be the first Beatle to attend the unveiling of his own star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Both John Lennon’s and George Harrison’s stars were awarded posthumously and unveiled by their widows. Paul McCartney attended the unveiling of George Harrison’s star last year, which lended more credibility to the obvious tourist trap. The Beatles are also represented with a star commemorating the group itself.
John Lennon was the first Beatle to get one, and that was following a campaign by 100 radio stations worldwide to wage write-in campaigns to get John a star. On September 30, 1988, Yoko Ono unveiled Lennon’s star. The ceremony was carried live by The Westwood One Radio Network, including pre-ceremony interviews with Yoko (in the limo with Elliot Mintz), David Wolper and Capitol Record officials. John’s Walk of Fame star was moved closer to George Harrison’s star in December 2009, so that the four individual Beatles stars will be neighbours.
The group itself didn’t get a star until 1994, and once placed there, it was removed mere weeks later by Capitol, the Beatles american record company. The company was hoping to install the star again accompanied by a ceremony attended by at least one member of the band. For nearly five years, the invitation stood for either Paul McCartney, George Harrison or Ringo Starr to attend such a ceremony, but the invitation was declined. On Christmas Day 1998, the Beatles’ star was quietly re-installed. The Beatles’ star was placed next to Elvis Presley’s star.
George Harrison got his star on April 15, 2009, as reported here on WogBlog.
Sir Paul McCartney has also been approved for a star, but no date has been fixed yet for a ceremony.