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The Go-Go's receive Walk of Fame Star

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The Go-Go's received the 2,444th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today, adjacent to the site of the pioneering all-female rock band's first performance in 1978.

'We loved the Hollywood Walk of Fame even then,' said Jane Wiedlin, one of the band's four founding members. 'In our wildest dreams, we could never have dreamed our little band would get a star on the Walk of Fame. 

'The arc of the Go-Go's story could not be more of a fairy tale,' she told fans gathered for the late-morning ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard. 'From the humble origins on this spot to the giddy ride to stardom, culminating in a sold-out show at the Hollywood Bowl just a few blocks away -- and now 30 years later to be honored with a star. Let's just say it's a story that proves truth is really stranger than fiction.' 

The ceremony was held in connection with the 30th anniversary of the release of the band's landmark debut album, 'Beauty and the Beat,' and came six days before their concert at the Greek Theater. 

The group was formed in 1978 as a punk band with Belinda Carlisle on vocals, Wiedlin on guitar and vocals, Margot Olavarria on bass and Elissa Bello on drums. It played its first show at the since-closed nightclub The Masque. 

Charlotte Caffey joined the group two months later as the lead guitarist and keyboard player. Gina Schock replaced Bello on drums in the summer of 1979, and the group began moving toward a power pop sound. Olavarria was diagnosed with hepatitis A in December 1980 and replaced by Kathy Valentine. 

'Beauty and the Beat' spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, the first time an all-female group that wrote its own songs and played its own instruments topped the Billboard album chart. 'Beauty and the Beat' sold in excess of 3 million copies and was certified as double platinum. 

Their 1982 follow-up album 'Vacation' was certified gold. They recorded a third album, 'Talk Show,' before breaking up in 1985. 

The group reunited in 1990 to perform a benefit concert on behalf on Proposition 128, an environmental measure on the November 1990 ballot that was soundly rejected by California voters. They reunited again in 1994 to record three new recordings for the two-disc retrospective 'Return to the Valley of the Go-Go's.' 

The largest collection of Hollywood Walk of Fame photos are on the hollywoodphotographs.com  web site and all are available for purchase.

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