The 1992 Induction Ceremony goes on record as the longest running in the event's history. There were more written -- and lengthy -- speeches than ever before, including tributes to deceased regulars who'd been onstage or in the Grand Ballroom over the past six years but were being inducted posthumously, namely concert promoter and impresario Bill Graham and songwriter extraordinaire Doc Pomus. Graham had served as the unofficial stage manager since the first induction. John Fogerty and Carlos Santana, both veterans of the San Francisco music scene that Graham helped create, were on hand to give heartfelt testimonies about the larger-than-life concert promoter.
Pomus held court from his wheelchair every year and inducted Big Joe Turner into the Hall of Fame in 1987. The 1992 event also included a practical guitar summit: Wielding axes were Jeff Beck, Steve Cropper (of Booker T. and the MG's), Robbie Robertson, B.B. King, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Carlos Santana, the Edge, Neil Young, and John Fogerty.
The always unpredictable Little Richard and Phil Spector also made return appearances to induct the Isley Brothers and Pomus, respectively. Rolling Stone's Chris Mundy wrote: "Spector movingly spoke of the death of both Pomus and his own son, Phillip Jr., blasted the Songwriters Hall of Fame for not recognizing Pomus, and railed against censorship of the arts." Spector's was not the only emotional speech: After he received a standing ovation (the night's first), Johnny Cash's voice broke as he said: "You made me see that I might actually belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," and Jimi Hendrix's father, Al, wept as he stood onstage with his son's drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Noel Redding.