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Star for Woody.

MIDLAND pop legend Roy Wood has written hit after hit with The Move, Wizzard and Electric Light Orchestra - not to forget I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day.

So the Sunday Mercury has launched a cracker of a campaign: Get Woody A Star For Christmas.

We want Roy to be immortalised with a star on the Birmingham Walk Of Stars, the Broad Street attraction honouring entertainers from the world of showbiz and sport.

So far, there are stars bearing the names of Ozzy Osbourne, Jasper Carrott, Noddy Holder, Tony Iommi and Murray Walker.

There's been one for Norman Painting from The Archers, another for the radio soap itself - and Julie Walters has accepted the honour.

Aston Villa's 1982 European Cup winning team has just been presented with a star, and there will be honours for the Blues and the Baggies. We want Woody to be the Christmas star.

The pop mastermind was born in Kitts Green, and played in The Falcons, Gerry Levene & The Avengers and Mike Sheridan & The Nightriders.

He next joined The Move, for whom he wrote a series of classic hits including Flowers In The Rain, the first song ever played on Radio 1.

Roy was one of the founders of the Electric Light Orchestra, but left to form Wizzard, enjoying huge hits including Angel Fingers, See My Baby Jive and that Christmas song.

Since then, he's released solo albums and fronted a number of bands, the most recent of which - Roy Wood's Rock & Roll Band - appears at Birmingham's NEC on December 5 as special guests of Status Quo.

He's won a prestigious Ivor Novello Award for the 'best collection of songs' and an honorary Doctorate in Music at the University of Derby.

The Birmingham Walk of Stars is organised and funded by the Broad

Street Business Improvement District, which represents the 260-plus businesses in the area - the Midlands premier entertainment district, welcoming more than 100,000 visitors a week.

Broad Street manager Mike Olley says: "Roy Wood is an amazing Birmingham-bred talent.

"He certainly fits the bill - and he gets my vote. We look forward to seeing how this campaign develops.

"We do listen to the public, so have your say!"
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:May 10, 2009
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