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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Greatest Moments

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1988 Mick Jagger Inducts the Beatles: The moment is bittersweet; Paul McCartney misses the induction due to a legal dispute with Yoko Ono, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

1989 'The Stones Changed My Life Completely': Pete Townshend inducts the Rolling Stones.

1990 Seasons' End: The original lineup of the Four Seasons reunites for the first time since the mid-1960s and sings together for what would be the last time.

1991 The Byrds: Eight Miles High Again: Roger McGuinn, David Crosby, Chris Hillman, Gene Clark and Michael Clarke unite for what would be the last time.

1992 The All-Star Jam for Jimi: Keith Richards, Johnny Cash, John Fogerty, Little Richard and more rock greats give an epic salute to Jimi Hendrix.

Next: Cream Reunites, McCartney's Final Message to Lennon and More

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Song Stories

“Bird on a Wire”

Leonard Cohen | 1969

While living on the Greek island of Hydra, Cohen was battling a lingering depression when his girlfriend handed him a guitar and suggested he play something. After spotting a bird on a telephone wire, Cohen wrote this prayer-like song of guilt. First recorded by Judy Collins, it would be performed numerous times by artists incuding Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Rita Coolidge. "I'm always knocked out when I hear my songs covered or used in some situation," Cohen told Rolling Stone. "I've never gotten over the fact that people out there like my music."

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