It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to one of the greats this week — Johnny Grant.
Johnny was a dear friend, a wonderful front man for the Hollywood Walk of Fame and also someone who had a big heart for great causes, including those of his adopted city of Los Angeles. His enthusiasm for the Street of Dreams, and as producer of the Hollywood Christmas Parade, was infectious.
Having participated in a number of Walk of Fame ceremonies, I would marvel how Johnny could make everyone in hearing distance feel like they were a part of that individual’s success.
Johnny had amazing recall. He’d recount an anecdote from the 50s as clearly as one from the week before.
Even as his body slowly gave way to age, his mind was sharp. I called him earlier this week to see if he could join us to mark Elvis’ birthday but he said he wasn’t feeling so well. We missed him at the event and now, forever more.
Johnny, an angel in the City of Angels, is with the angels.
— TOM LABONGE
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