George Harrison may have been known as “the quiet Beatle,” but the late musician will be the toast of the town when he gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this month.
Harrison, who died of cancer in 2001 at age 58, will receive the tribute on the world-famous sidewalk on April 14, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced Friday. The ceremony will be attended by his widow, Olivia Harrison, and his son, Dhani.
The Beatles already have a Walk of Fame star as a group, but Harrison and John Lennon, who died in 1980, will be the only members with their own stars.
A skilled songwriter, Harrison penned several of the Beatles’ greatest hits, including “Here Comes the Sun,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Something.” His interest in Eastern music also had an influence on the band’s classic albums “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “The White Album.”
After the band broke up in 1970, Harrison went on to a successful solo career that spawned numerous albums and the global hit song “My Sweet Lord.” He also joined up with Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne to form the musical supergroup the Traveling Wilburys.
Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese is currently working on a documentary about Harrison, while Capitol/EMI has said it will announce details for a new Harrison music project later this month.