A three-person crew from Aberdeen’s Public Works Department began tearing up a small section of sidewalk outside The Music Project late Wednesday morning for a special reason.

The shallow hole that Jeff Stevens, master carpenter for the city of Aberdeen, and workers Max Acosta and Connor Reed, made was meant to fit the newest star on the Aberdeen Walk of Fame into that stretch of sidewalk on West Wishkah Street, in front of “The Green Room” sign. Music photographer Darrell Westmoreland, a lifelong Harborite, will receive the star. Westmoreland is the 92nd recipient.

Westmoreland has spent more than 50 years in music photography. His career, which he says truly began at the Satsop River Fair and Tin Cup Races, a four-day music festival in early September 1971, has taken him and his trusty cameras to music’s biggest stars, including Elton John, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Dolly Parton, Nirvana and countless others.

“I was that guy, I literally shut down the entire Seattle market and went to Portland to film,” Westmoreland said. “Because we had that set up, we went to the radio stations and tried to get the artist’s new record or album played. So then, all of a sudden, I built a relationship with the radio stations.”

Westmoreland photographed all genres of music, not just rock.

“The cool thing about that was I got to experience all the different genres of music, get exposed to it,” Westmoreland said. “And when I was doing the label run, as I call it, I’d meet the record rep and we’d jump in the limo. We’d go get the artist or the group and run with them, take them to radio stations and to record stores.”

Deb Blecha, a graphic designer who is deeply involved in the music scene and who helped create the blue banners for World Music Day, spoke about Westmoreland and how happy she is that he is being recognized in this way.

“He’s more of a behind-the-scenes guy who’s from our region,” Blecha said. “He’s known by a lot of famous people outside of our region. He’s put his book together, which I think is great.”

Blecha loves that Westmoreland is active in Aberdeen. She also loves that he is still so humble.

“He’s involved in this,” Blecha said. “You would never know he’s friends with all these famous people. He’s nice, he goes for it and he works with us. He has a whole other life where he goes out and works behind the scenes and he knows a lot of famous people personally. I think that’s an unusual talent and trait, and I’m very happy that it’s being recognized.”

According to Stevens, Westmoreland’s star will go up in the sky at 9 a.m. Friday. And then on Saturday at 1 p.m., the city will immortalize the words “Darrell Westmoreland Music Photographer To The Stars” in that little patch of sidewalk.

In style, photographically speaking, Westmoreland posted about the work via his Facebook account. One of the photos shows his star, which will be unveiled at a ceremony at 1 p.m. as part of the city’s Founder’s Day celebration.

Contact reporter Matthew N. Wells at [email protected].

Matthew N. Wells / The Daily World Darrell Westmoreland photographs during World Music Day on June 21, when Rock & Roll Hall of Fame musicians Roger Fisher (of Heart) and Krist Novoselic (of Nirvana) played with their bands outside The Music Project in downtown Aberdeen.Matthew N. Wells / The Daily World Darrell Westmoreland photographs during World Music Day on June 21, when Rock & Roll Hall of Fame musicians Roger Fisher (of Heart) and Krist Novoselic (of Nirvana) played with their bands outside The Music Project in downtown Aberdeen.

Matthew N. Wells / The Daily World Darrell Westmoreland photographs during World Music Day on June 21, when Rock & Roll Hall of Fame musicians Roger Fisher (of Heart) and Krist Novoselic (of Nirvana) played with their bands outside The Music Project in downtown Aberdeen.

Courtesy photo Music photographer Darrell Westmoreland, a Harborite for life, will receive a star on the Aberdeen Walk of Fame. Westmoreland is the 92nd recipient.Courtesy photo Music photographer Darrell Westmoreland, a Harborite for life, will receive a star on the Aberdeen Walk of Fame. Westmoreland is the 92nd recipient.

Courtesy photo Music photographer Darrell Westmoreland, a Harborite for life, will receive a star on the Aberdeen Walk of Fame. Westmoreland is the 92nd recipient.