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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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Mickey Newbury | 1969

A country-folk song of epic proportions, "San Francisco Mabel Joy" tells the tale of a poor Georgia farmboy who wound up in prison after a move to the Bay Area found love turning into tragedy. First released by Mickey Newbury in 1969, it might be more familiar through covers by Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez and Kenny Rogers. "It was a five-minute song written in a two-minute world," Newbury said. "I was told it would never be cut by any artist ... I was told you could not use the term 'redneck' in a song and get it recorded."

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