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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Greatest Moments

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2004 Prince Tears the Roof off the Waldorf: Prince unleashes a breathtaking guitar solo at the end of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" during the ceremony to induct George Harrison.

2004 Bob Seger Returns: After staying away from the stage to be a full-time dad since 1995, Seger decides to cut a new album and go on tour the next year after having so much fun at the ceremony.

2005 Springsteen Salutes U2's Mighty Sound: Bruce recalls seeing U2 for the first time as he welcomes them to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

2007 Hip-Hop Crashes Hall: Rap pioneers Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five are the first hip-hop act inducted.

2009 Jeff Beck's Big Night: Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page play a medley of "Beck's Bolero" and "Immigrant Song" to cap off the guitarist's entrance to the Rock Hall as a solo artist.

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Song Stories

“Try a Little Tenderness”

Otis Redding | 1966

This pop standard had been previously recorded by dozens of artists, including by Bing Crosby 33 years before Otis Redding, who usually wrote his own songs, cut it. It was actually Sam Cooke’s 1964 take, which Redding’s manager played for Otis, that inspired the initially reluctant singer to take on the song. Isaac Hayes, then working as Stax Records’ in-house producer, handled the arrangement, and Booker T. and the MG’s were the backing band. Redding’s soulful version begins quite slowly and tenderly itself before mounting into a rousing, almost religious “You’ve gotta hold her, squeeze her …” climax. “I did that damn song you told me to do,” Redding told his manager. “It’s a brand new song now.”

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