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.
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
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!"
Olivia Harrison's speech
One-time 'Rutle' Eric Idle speaks
Tom Hanks represents the Americans