There are a few jams in the history of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performances which will live long in the memory for the musicians who share the stage. But surely there’s no bigger performance than this jam session on ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ featuring George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger and a plethora of stars all take the stage.
There have been some incredible moments in Rock Hall’s long history, but none rank as highly as the institution’s third-ever event. That night saw The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, and the Drifters all be inducted into the quickly filling mantle of music.
While The Beatles were being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988, not all the surviving members of the iconic band would attend the event. George Harrison and Ringo Starr would arrive at the show without Paul McCartney. The singer boycotted the event as the result of ongoing business disputes.
It could’ve been a sour note for the fledgling show but Rock Hall was about to flex its muscles. Instead of seeing Harrison and Starr perform a Beatles classic on their own they would swarm the stage with some of music’s brightest stars. And when we say brightest we mean blinding.
Harrison and Starr are joined on stage by Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, Ronnie Wood, Les Paul, Neil Young and Jeff Beck. The weight of talent threatening to send the entire building fall through the floor at every note, this is one of the most smile-inducing moments you’re likely to see.
The jam session is a joy to behold as Billy Joel, Mick Jagger, and Bruce Springsteen excitedly take the mic and sing the 1963 classic. With George Harrison throwing in every back-up “woo” and a classic Beatles headshake for added effect. It results in a moment of beaming pride as the younger musicians in the group gratefully share the stage with their idols.
This has to be the most star-studded stage of all time. Watch it all go down at the 1988 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions below: