Paul finally gets his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!

February 9, 2012

Nancy and Paul, looking happy and excited

I just love the way they look at each other!

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Forty eight years to the day after the Beatles made their  historic first Ed Sullivan appearance , Paul McCartney finally got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
His star is set next to those of John, George, and Ringo.
Paul had been previously nominated for his star as a solo artist  in 1998, but his nomination lapsed when a presentation ceremony could not be scheduled. He was eventually renominated, and his star was unveiled today.

Paul was accompanied by his wife Nancy and his son James, whom he mentioned in his speech, saying "And I'd like to thank my family, without whom I couldn't have done it - I've got two family members here today, my lovely wife Nancy, and my lovely son James."

Paul's son James
Paul's son James

Nancy and James

Ringo was supposed to make an appearance, but according to Paul,
he was 'under the weather' and couldn't make it. ( Ringo was ill with pneumonia).
However,  several other musician friends turned out  including Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, Joe Walsh, Neil Young, and Herbie Hancock, and of course, thousands of fans!

Paul looked fabulous in a casual jacket, jeans, and some cool shades to protect his gorgeous eyes from that hot LA sun.

Paul was full of energy as he spoke to the crowd.

" In Liverpool, when we were kids and listening to Buddy Holly and all the other rock and roll greats, I would have never thought the day would come when I'd be getting a star on the Walk of Fame. I thought it was an impossible thing to happen. But here we are today."

"I couldn't have done it without, certainly, three boys, so I want to say thanks to those guys, John George and Ringo, and bless them for being in my life."

Longtime friend Neil Young was on hand to introduce Paul.
"I'm so proud to be doing this," Young said. "As a musician, as a songwriter, Paul's craft and his art are truly at the top of his game... He has an ability to put melodies and feelings and chords together, but it's the soul that he puts into everything he does that makes me feel so good and so happy to be here."

Nancy, Paul, and Neil

Read the full story in the LA Times here .

Paul was also presented with a small plaque which said "Paullywood"!

Paul's speech as he gets his STAR on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Paul signed this hofner guitar that a lucky fan brought to the event

Chris Carter ,   host of Breakfast with the Beatles, was also there, and he recounted his experience in an interview with Steve Marinucci as reported in his  EXAMINER COLUMN HERE

"The day of the ceremony was warm and sunny with temperatures in the upper 70s. Crowds began showing up early and swelled to about 2,000 at the time of the ceremony.  Inside the Capitol Records tower, McCartney and a few friends were gathered. Chris Carter, host of "Breakfast With the Beatles" on Sirius/XM and KLOS-FM, was one of those invited to the pre-event gathering, which included wine and hors d'oeurves. Carter mingled with the attendees, who included Jeff Lynne, formerly of Electric Light Orchestra. 
Carter told us in a phone interview that McCartney drove up to Capitol Records in his Corvette with Nancy Shevell, his wife.  "Just regular guy Paul," he described him. 
"I walked out with all of those guys and stood next to Neil Young and those guys," he said. The event, which had originally been approved to take place back in 1993, was amazingly low-key for a guy of McCartney's celebrity.  
Carter said he made McCartney laugh during the ceremony. "It was when the guy was reeling off all the albums. 'And the Beatles with 'Please Please Me. And in 1970, 'McCartney'." And I was standing right next to Paul. And Paul's like raising his eyebrows. 'Oh, my God!' And (the guy) goes, '1971, Paul and Linda's "Ram"' and 'Band on the Run." And I go, 'Hey Paul, he forgot Wings' 'Wild Life' and 'Red Rose Speedway.' And Paul laughed. 'He did, he did!'." 
"He's still the coolest," Carter says about McCartney."

-excerpted from Steve Marinucci, the Examiner, Feb 13 2012 (The Paul McCartney Walk of Fame Ceremony - What You Didn't See)

Continue reading on The Paul McCartney Walk of Fame ceremony -- what you didn't see - National Beatles |
The Beatles also have a star .

In 1980 changes were made to the Hollywood  Walk of Fame. The artists being honored were required to attend the ceremony, and the person who nominated the artist for the Star was charged $2,500 for the honor- now that price is up to $30,000!! This money goes for the continued upkeep of the area.

More photos of Paul and Nancy at the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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And well wishes from Yoko...

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