Cheech & Chong, Carole King Tribute Lou Adler at Rock Hall Induction

(Radio.com) Lou Adler may have less name recognition than many of the other inductees, but his resume is impressive, which is evident by the caliber of artists who paid tribute to him at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony.

Cheech & Chong presented Adler by slipping into their familiar routine. Tommy Chong joked that he was glad that Adler was "one of the first black guys to get into the Hall Of Fame." Cheech replied, "Lou Adler's not black, man!" Chong then said, "Have you seen how he dresses, man? He's like a rapper!" They recalled showing up at his office, seeing the many gold records on the wall and some mysterious powder on the desk.

Wearing all black except for a white beret, Adler took the stage by saying, "You don't know how worried I was when they told me that these guys were going to induct me. Thanks for that touch of seriousness you brought to the evening."

...Adler also recalled sitting in a studio with Carole King, who asked him what he thought of her new song, "You've Got A Friend."

"If you asked me how to succeed as a record producer, I'd say it helps to work with three of the best singers and songwriters: John Phillips, Carole King and Sam Cooke." He also thanked his "best productions," his seven sons, saying, "Thanks for keeping me from falling into the generation gap."

With that, King appeared at the piano, performing "So Far Away" from Adler's most successful production, Tapestry. more.

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