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Croatian-American singer gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Tony Butala gives a speech during the ceremony yesterday in Hollywood (Screenshot)

Legendary Croatian-American singer Tony Butala (81) has been honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was unveiled on Monday honouring the male pop vocal trio The Lettermen, which was founded by Butala who is the only original member of the group.  

Butala was the lead singer of the group who had two Top 10 singles, 16 Top 10 singles on the Adult Contemporary chart (including one #1), 32 consecutive Billboard Magazine chart albums, 11 gold records, and five Grammy nominations.

Butala, who was born in Sharon, Pennsylvania and is of Croatian descent,  began his professional singing career in 1948. The first unofficial incarnation of The Lettermen came in 1958. 

The Lettermen scored their first Top 40 hit at #13 on the US charts in 1961 with “The Way You Look Tonight”. This cover of a 1936 song went gold in the U.S. The Lettermen’s pop music chart success ended in 1969, but they continued to record and appear live in concert since then, and continue to enjoy success.

Butala confirmed that The Lettermen will be releasing their ‘76th’ album shortly.

“What makes this Walk of Fame ceremony extra special is that their very own fans, The Lettermen Friends Fan Club, nominated the group and sponsored the star for their favourite artists,” said Ana Martinez, producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies.

You can watch Tony make a speech during the ceremony in the video below.

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