The Chi-Lites Receive Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Chi-Lites. (Credit: Hollywood Walk of Fame)

Famed R&B and soul group The Chi-Lites were honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021.

Marshall Thompson, the group’s founder, accepted the star and was joined by the current iteration of the touring group: Tara Thompson, Fred Simon, Warren Tipton, and Mack Miller.

Original members Eugene Record, Robert “Squirrel” Lester, and Creadel “Red” Jones have all passed away, but were remembered as well.

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The group received the 2,702nd star on the Walk of Fame in the category of recording. Guest speakers included actor Jimmie Walker and Sirius/XM radio host Jeff Fox.

“We are taking it ‘Old School’ with the iconic group, The Chi-Lites! We take great pride in our Recording category and this is our chance to show off to the world the many musical legends that we honor on the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame,” Ana Martinez, producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, said in a statement.

The Chi-Lites got their start in 1959 when Marshall Thompson founded the group in his hometown of Chicago with Record, Lester, and Jones. After releasing a few singles on Chicago labels, the group changed their name to Marshall & The Chi-Lites in 1964 and then just The Chi-Lites in 1969 when they signed onto Brunswick Records.

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The height of the group’s popularity came during the early 1970s when they scored eleven Top Ten hits on the R&B charts. They also had 21 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Chart, and charted in Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada on top of the United States.

Some of their hits included “Have You Seen Her,” “Give It Away,” “(For God’s Sake) Give More Power to the People,” “Are You My Woman (Tell Me So),” “A Letter To Myself,” “The Coldest Days of My Life,” “Stoned Out of My Mind,” and “Oh Girl.”

The star is located at 7057 Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles. Watch the star ceremony below.

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