George Harrison's Hollywood Walk Of Fame star unveiled

George will always be a star - and now he has one!
George will always be a star - and now he has one!

George Harrison may have been the 'quiet Beatle,' but yesterday there were shout-outs of love and admiration for the legendary musician as he received a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

Harrison's star was unveiled on 1750 Vine Street, next to former bandmate John Lennon's star, and right in front of the Capitol Records building - the Hollywood home to The Beatles.

Attending the ceremony were Harrison's widow Olivia and son Dhani, along with fellow ex-Beatle Paul Paul McCartney, Eric Idle, former Traveling Wilbury mates Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, and actor Tom Hanks.

New Harrison greatest hit set due

"All things must pass? Sure. But George is gonna live forever!" Tom Hanks at yesterday's ceremony honoring George Harrison

The timing of the honor comes with the announcement of Let It Roll: The Music Of George Harrison, a career-spanning greatest hits collection which will be released on 16 June.

The compilation will feature songs from throughout Harrison's career, from live takes of his biggest Beatles hits to his storied solo career. All the tracks on Let It Roll will be digitally remastered and assembled in deluxe packaging with rare and unseen photographs. The album will also be released digitally.

Yesterday's star-unveiling ceremony was a warm, laugh-filled event, but it was Tom Hanks ("representing the Americans") who got in the best - and most profound - line: "All things must pass? Sure. But George is gonna live forever!"

Formal induction

Olivia Harrison's speech

One-time 'Rutle' Eric Idle speaks

Tom Hanks represents the Americans

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.