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Singer Bryan Adams Receives Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame

Bryan Adams

Posted Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 4:06 pm

Canadian singer Bryan Adams, a diplomat’s son who went on to have No. 1 hit recordings in more than 40 nations and win a Grammy Award, received the 2,435th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today.

“I remember being in Hollywood at the age of 16 and marveling at the stars,” Adams said at today’s ceremony in front of the Musicians Institute on Hollywood Boulevard.

“The idea of being part of it never entered my mind. It was too far-fetched. Today, I’m humbled at the induction of my name. It’s fantastic.”

Adams, who at 51 is poised to become a first-time father, thanked a long list of people for making his success possible, including his mother and the songwriters and concert promoters with whom he has worked.

Wayne Gretzky, considered hockey’s greatest player ever, recalled meeting Adams for the first time at a coffee shop in Vancouver, British Columbia, before a game.

Making reference to the rain that fell during the star ceremony, Gretzky said, “This is typical. I’ve been to an outdoor concert of Bryan’s where it was pouring rain and watched him perform his magic.”

Gretzky, who is also from Canada, praised Adams as “a very humble Canadian. I’m very proud to say he’s Canadian.”

Adams sang Canada’s national anthem, “O Canada,” before Gretzky’s final game, adding the line, “We’re gonna miss you Wayne Gretzky.”

His star ceremony comes in the midst of a tour that includes an April 9 concert at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

Born Nov. 5, 1959, in Kingston, Ontario, Adams spent much of his youth in England, Israel, Portugal and Austria, where his father was posted.

The family returned to Canada in 1973.

In his early teens, Adams worked as a dishwasher to earn enough money to buy a Fender guitar, and soon quit school to pursue a career in music full time.

In 1978, at the age of 18, Adams sent a few demo recordings to A&M Records in Toronto, and signed with the label for $1. His debut single “Let Me Take You Dancing,” reached 18th on Canada’s RPM dance/urban chart.

Adams recorded the first of his 10 studio albums in 1980.

He became a certified star with his third album, “Cut Like a Knife,” in 1983, whose sales reached platinum status in the United States and triple platinum in Canada.

Adams’ other hits include “Summer of ’69,” “Heaven,” “Run to You,” “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?” and “Let’s Make It A Night to Remember.”

Adams received a Grammy Award in 1991 for best song specifically written for a motion picture or for television for “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You,” from “Robin Hood — Prince of Thieves,” which also brought him an American Music Award in 1992 as favorite pop/rock single. Adams also has 14 other Grammy nominations.

Adams’ other honors include 18 Juno Awards, which honor outstanding achievements by Canadian musical artists and bands; an MTV Video Music Award for best stage performance video for “It’s Only Love”; and the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.

Adams performed in the opening ceremony for the 2010 Winter Olympics and at halftime of the 2003 Grey Cup, the championship game of the Canadian Football League.

Adams is also an accomplished photographer, with pictures published in Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire and Interview. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in New York City, London, Paris, Rome, Germany and Canada.

Adams’ self-titled charitable foundation provides grants for projects supporting the elderly, victims of wars and natural disasters, and those suffering from mental or physical abuse.

Copyright © 2011 City News Service

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