In March 19, 2001, James was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the side-man category. Together with Johnny Johnson, Aerosmith, Queen, Paul Simon and Steely Dan. Keith Richards inducted James. After the induction ceremony, James appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman.
“The recognition is really exciting and also surprising. I didn’t know about it untill my friend [producer] Andy Paley called after hearing the news on television. The Hall of Fame called me to congratulate me a little later. I feel like I won an Oscar or something. It’s wonderful.”
Watch Keith Richards’ induction speech
James and Johnnie Johnson receiving their award