Upcoming Star Ceremonies

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is the awarding organization of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This is the only official website for a complete database of stars on Hollywood's sidewalks. This is also the official page where you can find out about announcements on upcoming Hollywood Walk of Fame Star ceremonies on Hollywood and Vine Boulevards. There are numerous Walk of Fame ceremonies throughout the year. Dates of these ceremonies are subject to change and are usually announced only one week before the star ceremony. Please note that other websites may have wrong dates and false information regarding a star ceremony. If you don't see it on this page, the announcement is not yet official or confirmed. For more information email us.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FANS ATTENDING WALK OF FAME STAR CEREMONY

  • All star ceremonies are free to attend. There is a public viewing area for all  Walk of Fame star ceremonies. There is no fee to attend, no tickets, no admission fees.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and hydrate, bring sunscreen.
  • We do not allow chairs or step ladders in the audience area of the ceremony.
  • Star ceremony begins promptly at 11:30 a.m. and will be over by 12:15 p.m.
  • Crowd needs to disperse immediately following the end of the star ceremony please as we must give back the sidewalk and the street to the community.
  • The Walk of Fame event is streamed live exclusively on www.walkoffame.com. The complete star ceremony is available on www.walkoffame.com only. Fans can watch the complete star ceremony anytime on www.walkoffame.com on the star's page. For example, you can watch the Backstreet Boys star ceremony on http://www.walkoffame.com/backstreet-boys.

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For Immediate Release: August 17, 2015
Media Contact: Ana Martinez
Producer, Hollywood Walk of Fame
Main: (323) 469-8311
Press line: (323) 468-1376
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MUSIC EXECUTIVE JOE SMITH
TO BE HONORED WITH
STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME

 

WHO:         Honoree: Joe Smith
                   Emcee: Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO Leron Gubler
                   Guest speaker:  Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt

WHAT:       Dedication of the 2,558th star on the Walk of Fame
                   in the category of Recording

WHERE:    1750 N. Vine Street
                   in front of Capitol Records

WHEN:      Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. PDT

Event will be live-streamed exclusively on www.walkoffame.com

Hollywood Chamber to honor Joe Smith with star on Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that music executive Joe Smith will be honored with the 2,558th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. PDT. The star in the category of Recording will be dedicated in front of the historic Capitol Records Building at 1750 N. Vine Street. Helping emcee and Hollywood Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler to unveil the star will be Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt.

Over the course of his illustrious career, Joe Smith holds the distinction of being the only person to have headed three major record companies.

A native of Chelsea, Massachusetts, Joe Smith was President of his Chelsea High School class. After serving with the U.S. Army Infantry in the Far East, he received his BA in English and Political Science from Yale University.

Smith worked as a sportscaster and disc jockey in Virginia and Pennsylvania before moving to Boston where he became a top-rated and pioneering Rock ‘n’ Roll DJ, and appeared in the motion picture “Jamboree.”

In 1961, Smith moved to California and entered the music industry as National Promotion Manager for Warner Bros. Records. He was named Promotion Executive of the Year four times by The Gavin Report, an industry trade publication. Smith was named President of the Warner Bros. Records in 1972.

During his years at Warner Bros, he signed and/or worked with such artists as Peter, Paul & Mary, Rod Stewart, James Taylor, Alan Sherman, The Grateful Dead, Don Rickles, Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Petula Clark, The Allman Brothers Band, The Doobie Brothers, George Benson, Al Jarreau, Seals & Crofts to name a few. He also worked closely with many of the company’s Reprise Records artists including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Jimi Hendrix, Jethro Tull, Trini López, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Randy Newman.

In 1975, Smith became Chairman of Elektra/Asylum Records, a division of Warner Communications. For the eight years he was there, Smith worked with The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Queen, The Cars, Carly Simon, Judy Collins,  Joni Mitchell, Grover Washington Jr., Mötley Crüe, X, and Hank Williams Jr., among others.

In 1983, he was named President and CEO of Home Sports Entertainment, a division of Warner Cable. Following this, he became the first full-time President of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. During this time, he appeared in motion pictures “FM” and “One Trick Pony.”

In 1985, Smith achieved the herculean task of interviewing over 230 artists, producers, managers and executives which constituted his book “Off the Record” that would became a strong seller in Italy, England, Japan and the USA. The audio interviews on which the book is based were donated to the American people and comprise the “The Joe Smith Collection” at the Library of Congress.

In 1987, Smith became President and CEO of Capitol-EMl Music which included the Blue Note and Angel labels. During his seven year tenure, the company registered record profits from such artists as Garth Brooks, Tina Turner, Bonnie Raitt, MC Hammer, Bob Seger, David Bowie, Poison, Megadeth and others.

Upon his retirement from Capitol/EMI at the end of 1993, Smith assumed Executive Producer responsibilities to the World Cup Soccer tournament, where he was hired as executive producer of entertainment for World Cup USA in 1994, the first time the world’s soccer championship was held in the United States. The tournament was crowned with a Dodger Stadium appearance by The Three Tenors that Smith facilitated.

In 2001, Smith was elected to the New England Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, the Doo Wop Hall of Fame, and received the Boston Music Lifetime award.  Just last year he was the recipient of Billboard Magazine’s inaugural Clive Davis Visionary Award,

Smith has been a highly visible executive and spokesman for the music industry in Washington and overseas. He has led the fight for copyright protection and against piracy, testifying before several Congressional committees. He served as Vice President of the Country Music Association, President of the Record Industry for Community Relations and a board member of the Recording Industry Association of America and the Black Music Association.

Smith has been a guest speaker or toastmaster at almost every music event over the past 40 years. He was the first American to keynote the London-based Music Week Awards.

Smith has been the recipient of a multitude of awards from organizations such as the City of Hope, B’nai Brith, NARAS and others, and was granted an honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he served as a Commencement Speaker. He has served as an officer or director of the City of Hope, Cedars-Sinai Hospital, TJ Martell foundation, Variety Club and the Neil Bogart Memorial Lab. He is a Trustee at the California Institute of the Arts, Yale School of Music, the Basketball Hall of Fame, Magic Johnson Foundation, Rhythm and Blues Foundation and the Museum of Science and Industry.

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The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an internationally-recognized Hollywood icon. With approximately 24 star ceremonies annually broadcast around the world, the constant reinforcement provided to the public has made the Walk of Fame a top visitor attraction. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce continues to add stars on the Walk of Fame as the representative of the City of Los Angeles. The Walk of Fame is a tribute to all of those who worked diligently to develop the concept and to maintain this world-class tourist attraction. The Walk of Fame is open to the public. No paid admission or assigned seating at star ceremonies. It is understood that the cost of installing a star on the Walk of Fame upon approval is $30,000 and the sponsor of the nominee accepts the responsibility for arranging for payment to the Hollywood Historic Trust, a 501(c)3 charitable foundation. The funds are used to pay for the creation/installation of the star and ceremony, as well as maintenance of the Walk of Fame. Download the official app for iPhones and Android devices at http://officialhollywoodwalkoffameapp.com

 

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ABOUT THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME www.WalkOfFame.com

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an internationally-recognized Hollywood icon. With approximately 24 star ceremonies annually broadcast around the world, the constant reinforcement provided to the public has made the Walk of Fame a top visitor attraction. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce continues to add stars on the Walk of Fame as the representative of the City of Los Angeles. The Walk of Fame is a tribute to all of those who worked diligently to develop the concept and to maintain this world-class tourist attraction. The Walk of Fame is open to the public. No paid admission or assigned seating at star ceremonies. It is understood that the cost of installing a star on the Walk of Fame upon approval is $30,000 and the sponsor of the nominee accepts the responsibility for arranging for payment to the Hollywood Historic Trust, a 501(c)3 charitable foundation. The funds are used to pay for the creation/installation of the star and ceremony, as well as maintenance of the Walk of Fame.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Sign are registered trademarks of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

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