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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Greatest Moments

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1995 Led Zeppelin Bring It All Back Home: Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones overcome band tension for an epic induction set.

1997 Rascals Hang Tough, Help Little Steven Get New Gig: Steven Van Zandt scores a role on The Sopranos after inducting the Rascals — who almost fell apart rehearsing for the ceremony.

2001 Steely Dan Finally Make It: Steely Dan are inducted after a half serious decade-long campaign to get themselves in.

2002 Ramones' Punk-Rock Farewell: The band's surviving members honor Joey Ramone and themselves.

2002 Talking Heads Make Peace for a Night: After not playing together for "something like 18 years," according to Chris Frantz, the quartet joined together for a once-in-a-lifetime set.

Next: Prince Inducts George Harrison, Springsteen Salutes U2 and More

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Song Stories

“Madame George”

Van Morrison | 1968

One of the first stream-of-consciousness epics to make it onto a Van Morrison record, his drawn-out farewell to the eccentric "Madame George" lasted nearly 10 minutes, combining ingredients from folk, jazz and classical music. The character that gave the song its title provoked speculation that it was about a drag queen, though Morrison denied this in Rolling Stone. "If you see it as a male or a female or whatever, it's your trip," he remarked. "I see it as a ... a Swiss cheese sandwich. Something like that."

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