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Wednesday 30 July 2014

Springfield's Walk of Fame fears

Published 10/05/2014|18:52

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Rick Springfield attends the ceremony honouring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Rick Springfield has admitted that he was worried his name would be spelt wrong when he unveiled his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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The Jessie's Girl singer and 1980s heartthrob unveiled his star, honoured in the category of recording, in front of the Live Nation headquarters on Hollywood Boulevard.

After he did the honours, he confessed: "The first thing I thought was that I hope they got my name right so I was glad they didn't misspell it; that would have really sucked. It was very cool to see it, when I was a kid I always imagined what it would be like to see my name there."

After a career as a musician, actor and author, Rick said his new star sums up his achievements.

"This encapsulates it, I have been around for a while now so it is a sign of longevity, although someone did say it was like visiting my grave. I don't know if I will visit it often but it is nice to know it is here."

Rick has sold 25 million records and scored a Grammy for his number one smash hit Jessie's Girl but addressing the crowd before the ceremony, he said he could only dream of one day taking a place in Hollywood history.

"I used to live two blocks from here when I first moved here in 1972 from Australia and I had a lot of time in my hands so I used to walk up and down this boulevard looking for all the Australians' stars.

"Having this here now is very meaningful because that 21-year-old guy used to walk up and down here wishing his name was one day on this sidewalk, and not with a body print and 'shooting victim' beside it."

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