Ringo Starr, the former Beatles drummer, was added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame Monday evening during a whimsical ceremony that also marked the 50th anniversary of the sidewalk attraction’s groundbreaking. His name was the 2,401st to be honored.

After The Beatles broke up in 1970, Starr started a solo career and just released his 16th album, Y Not, last month. He has also performed on other artists’ albums, toured ten times with his All-Starr Band, acted in a variety of films, and used to be the narrator for the children’s series “Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends.”

According to Associated Press, he said outside the Capitol Records building, "This is the start of the next 50 years of stars. I’m proud to be the first one. It’s cool to get one at night. 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.

The walk was dedicated in November 1960 and became one of Southern California’s top tourist attractions, drawing an estimated 15 million visitors a year.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame’s anniversary celebration will continue throughout the year with a community festival in July and a gala in November. Every living celebrity who has received a star will be invited to attend the event. Other celebrities due to receive stars this year are ZZ Top, Adam Sandler, and Jimmy Kimmel.

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Eiko Watanabe is a Blast staff writer in New York

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