Ringo Gets Star


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Legendary Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during a ceremony that also marked the 50th anniversary of the tourist attraction's groundbreaking.

Starr's name was the 2,401st to be unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, bassist and music producer Don Was, singer-songwriter Ben Harper and actress-wife Barbara Bach were by Starr's side for the unveiling Monday night.

Starr's star is near the stars of his late bandmates John Lennon and George Harrison.

Starr was born Richard Starkey Jr. on July 7, 1940 in Liverpool, England. At 17, he joined the Eddie Clayton Skiffle Band and in 1959, he became part of the Raving Texans, adopting the stage name Ringo Starr because of the rings he wore and because it sounded “cowboyish."

By October 1960, the group was renamed Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. While performing in Hamburg, Starr met The Beatles, going on to drum with them three times, then officially joining the group in August 1962, replacing Pete Best.

Following The Beatles breakup in 1970, Starr had a solo career, including releasing his 16th studio album, “Y Not," last month; performed on other artists' albums; toured 10 times with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band; acted in a variety of films; and was the narrator for the children's series “Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends."

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