Henry Stone Inducted Jerry Wexler Into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1987)

It was up to Keith Richards, of all people, to sum it up, upon arriving at the podium to induct Aretha Franklin into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the first woman so-honored, the Rolling Stone said, “The dictionary’s been used up, there are no superlatives left.” He was right. Others who entered the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame this year were Bill Haley, inducted by Hall of Famer Chuck Berry; Joe Turner, inducted by Doc Pomus; Carl Perkins, Inducted by Sam Phillips; Clyde McPhatter, inducted by Ben E. King; Muddy Waters, inducted by Paul Butterfield; The Coasters, Inducted by Lester Sill (who almost equaled Sam Phillips in verbosity and Smokey Robinson, inducted by Daryl Hall and John Oatts. In the non-performing category, songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller were inducted by Brian Wilson;
producer Jerry Wexler was inducted by Henry Stone; Ahmet Ertegun, the founder of Atlantic Records and the chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was Inducted by Walter Yetnikoff; and Chess Records’ founder Leonard Chess was inducted by Ewart Abner. Louis Jordan, T-Bone Walker, and Hank Williams were inducted as “forefathers and early Influences.”

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