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Little Richard, usually never at a loss for words, choked up when he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The flamboyant rock idol and lay evangelist wore dark sunglasses and an all-black outfit Thursday, when he was greeted by hundreds of shouting well-wishers at a ceremony.He lost his composure moments after he was introduced. With his face hidden in his hand, he took about a minute to recover.

"I just want to say I'm really grateful to be here. I've been waiting a long time," he said.

Little Richard, 57, whose real name is Richard Wayne Penniman, became a legend with such hits as "Tutti Frutti," "Lucille" and "Good Golly Miss Molly." He also has appeared on television and in movies, including "Down and Out in Beverly Hills."