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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Hall of Fame Inducts Legends At Star-Studded Jam Session




NEW YORK -- Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel joined the pantheon of rock music greats in a Hall of Fame induction ceremony with a once-in-a-lifetime performance by some of music's best-loved stars.


The trio was among 10 inductees honored at Monday's 14th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, a star-studded event that traditionally ends with a rousing jam session.


This year was no exception, as McCartney, Springsteen and Joel were joined onstage singing the Beatles' "Let It Be" by guitarist Eric Clapton, singer Bonnie Raitt, recent Grammy winner Lauryn Hill, rhythm-and-blues legend Wilson Pickett and U2's lead singer Bono. The entire evening was not so raucous. A poignant moment came as McCartney accepted his honor, which he called "beautiful slash sad." McCartney's wife, Linda, died last year of breast cancer.


"I would have liked my baby to share this with me," the former Beatle said, raising his Hall of Fame statuette aloft. "She wanted this." Adding a touch of levity to the moment, however, was McCartney's daughter, clothing designer Stella McCartney, who accompanied him onstage with a shirt bearing a brief commentary on the event.


"About F--- Time," the shirt read, to the crowd's delight.


Missing from the festivities was inductee Dusty Springfield, who died earlier this month, also from breast cancer.


The others inducted into the Hall of Fame were the gospel and rhythm-and-blues Staple Singers, soul and funk singer Curtis Mayfield, early rock's Del Shannon, country music's Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, ballad blues singer Charles Brown and Beatles producer George Martin.


Though the induction ceremony was in New York, the Hall of Fame itself is in Cleveland.


McCartney was honored for his solo work after the Beatles.


"Out he stepped from the shadow of the Beatles, and there he was," rock musician Neil Young said introducing him. "I think he'll be remembered hundreds of years from now for the work that he did."


Springsteen also was honored as a solo performer. Artists are eligible 25 years after their first album, and Springsteen's "Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J." in 1973 was labeled as a solo album.


His famous E Street Band joined him on stage, however, giving fans a glimpse of what might be expected in their upcoming reunion tour. They played three of their late 1970s hits - "Promised Land," "Backstreets" and "Tenth Avenue Freeze-out."


Also among the night's performances, Springsteen hooked up with Wilson Pickett to play "In the Midnight Hour," and Clapton and rhythm-and-blues singer D'Angelo played Mayfield's "I've Been Trying." Mayfield, left a quadriplegic after a 1990 stage accident, was unable to attend. His family said Mayfield, who also suffers from diabetes, underwent the amputation of his right leg a few months ago.