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The Go-Go’s Honored With Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

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HOLLYWOOD (CBS) — They’ve got the beat and now they’ve got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The pioneering all-female rock band the Go-Go’s received the 2,444th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday, just in time for the 30th anniversary of the release of their landmark debut album, “Beauty and the Beat.”

Group members Belinda Carlisle, Charlotte Caffey, Gina Schock, Kathy Valentine and Jane Wiedlin were on hand for the ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard, in front of the now-shuttered nightclub The Masque, where they played their first show.

The group will play a concert at the Greek Theatre Wednesday.

The group was formed in 1978 as a punk band with Carlisle on vocals, Wiedlin on guitar and vocals, Margot Olavarria on bass and Elissa Bello on drums. Caffey, Schock and Valentine later joined the group, on lead guitar and keyboards, drums and bass, respectively.

“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 has reunited a few times since, and in 1994, recorded three new recordings for the two-disc retrospective “Return to the Valley of the Go-Go’s.” They have toured regularly since 1999.

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