FORMER Beatle George Harrison received a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, with a little help from such friends as Paul McCartney, Eric Idle and Tom Hanks.
As about one thousand fans looked on, Harrison’s star was unveiled outside the landmark Capitol Records tower by his Los Angeles-born widow Olivia and 30-year-old son Dhani.
“He was a beautiful, mystical man living in a material world, and he was as funny as the day is long, and just as perplexing,” Olivia said. “George, this day is for you.”
Added Hanks, “All things must pass, sure. But George is going to live forever.”
Harrison died of cancer in 2001, aged 58. Idle, a member of the Monty Python comedy troupe, noted that Harrison actually drew his last breath in McCartney’s Los Angeles home, “and it’s one of the reasons I won’t go and stay with John Cleese”.
Security was unusually intense, a likely result of both the murder of John Lennon in 1980 and the 1999 attack on the Harrisons in their English home by a knife-wielding intruder.Â
Capitol, which paid US$25 000 to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for the star, said it would release a hits collection spanning Harrison’s solo career on June 16.
Let It Roll: Songs By George Harrison will feature such tunes as My Sweet Lord and Got My Mind Set On You. – Reuters.