With a new Jem and The Holograms film AND a new Star Wars film coming later this year, I can’t think of a better time to share the art of Ed Harrington with you.
Last week while on vacation in California I got to visit the iconic Grauman’s Chinese Theater, located directly on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The theater opened its doors in 1927 and has been the home to many of the biggest movie premieres of all time, including this one which took place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
Star Wars opened on May 25, 1977 and was an instant success. People lined up for blocks to watch the movie, multiple times. By the end of the summer the movie was popular enough that three of the film’s stars had their footprints captured in concrete outside the theater.
On August 3rd, 1977, C-3P0, R2-D2 and Darth Vader had their feet (and signatures) immortalized forever outside the front of Grauman’s.
Here is how it looks today (or at least last week), some 37 years after the event took place. There are tons of prints just outside the theater, but I made a special point of finding and taking a picture of this one.
I briefly worked with a guy named “James Brown.” Every time someone would page him over the intercom, everybody would yell “God God Y’all!” and do a little dance. It never got old.
I highly doubt that the Kenny Baker that recorded this album is the same one we all know as the man inside R2-D2, but it would be awesome if it were. I can hear the chorus now: “Teach me to love, beep-boop-boop-beep, OH teach me to love, beep-beep-boop-beeeeeeeeeeeeep!”
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