Paul inducts James Taylor to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Monday, March 6, 2000

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From Rolling Stone, March 7, 2000:

[…] The evening’s festivities focused on and reveled in rock & roll’s status as a musical mutt, more about the subtleties of this bastardized music form than any punk-like inkling to rock the boat. Paul McCartney captured the agenda best in his induction speech for James Taylor: “I’m just very honored to induct him into the rhythm and blues, rock & roll, ballad jazz, slow foxtrot awards here tonight. And you know you gotta do all those categories, because we all know you can’t really call it one thing. Rock & roll is really too slim a scope for what’s going on tonight.” […]

Taylor was the evening’s final inductee, introduced by surprise presenter Paul McCartney. “I’m very grateful for this,” Taylor said hoisting his statuette and joking, “I only hope one of these never falls in the hands of someone desperate enough to use it.” […]

From CBS News – Paul McCartney, at right, hands James Taylor his award during induction ceremonies of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame March 6, 2000, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. Taylor was inducted along with Eric Clapton, Earth, Wind & Fire, the Lovin’ Spoonful, the Moonglows, and Bonnie Raitt. CREDIT: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images

Paul took the opportunity to be in New York, to record with Scotty Moore, who was also inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and D.J. Fontana, three days after. From The Blue Moon Boys, The Story Of Elvis Presley’s Band:

[…] The day after [Scotty] Moore was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, he found himself in an upstate New York studio With Fontana and Sir Paul McCartney. The former Beatle had been on hand to help induct James Taylor and now wanted to play with Presley’s original hand. The ex-Beatle sang and played his Hofner electric bass as they recorded a fresh version of “That’s All Right (Mama)” for the soundtrack to Good Rockin’ Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records.

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