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Curtis Mayfield accepts his induction

(via vide0)

I'm truly honored this year to have been inaugurated along with Paul McCartney, for the second time into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  That's a gas, right there.  I am so pleased to share this induction with such greats as Billy Joel, Del Shannon, Dusty Springfield, Pops and the Staples Singers, Charles Brown, and Bob Wills.  I am also thankful for Bruce Springsteen, Puff Daddy, D'Angelo, and Eric Clapton for always being there during my time of need.  My greatest admiration goes to George Martin for his productive work with so many artists, not to mention the Beatles, and so many others.  I am so sorry that my health prohibits me from attending tonight's awards.  But break a leg anyway, I am with you there in spirit.  I wish to thank my friend of 30 years Marvin Hyman, Warner Brothers, my wife, and my children for their love and support.  Thank you.

Curtis Mayfield