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Hollywood star for ex-Beatle Ringo

A star for former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has been added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame during a whimsical ceremony that also marked the 50th anniversary of the sidewalk attraction's groundbreaking.

Ringo's name was the 2,401st to be unveiled at the landmark.

"This is the start of the next 50 years of stars," he said outside the Capitol Records building. "I'm proud to be the first one."

The Walk of Fame also includes individual stars for the drummer's former bandmates John Lennon and George Harrison, as well as the likes of musicians Roy Orbison and Ozzy Osbourne.

"It's cool to get one at night," said Ringo. "I don't know about you, but where I live, the stars come out at night."

The Beatles as a group were given a star in 1998.

Those by Ringo's side for the unveiling included his wife Barbara Bach, musicians Joe Walsh and Ben Harper, producer Don Was, director David Lynch and actor Noah Wyle.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame attracts an estimated 10 million visitors annually to the 18-block stretch lining Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street.

Its anniversary celebration will continue throughout the year with a community festival in July and a gala in November, which every living celebrity who has received a star will be invited to attend. Other celebrities due to receive stars this year include rockers ZZ Top, funnyman Adam Sandler and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.

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