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Singer-songwriter J.J. Cale dead at 74
« on: July 27, 2013, 2006 UTC »

Singer-songwriter J.J. Cale dead at 74
The songwriter behind Eric Clapton classics such as 'Cocaine' and 'After Midnight' was revered for pioneering the 'Tulsa Sound.'

By Gerrick D. Kennedy

10:40 AM PDT, July 27, 2013

J.J. Cale, the songwriter behind Eric Clapton classics such as “Cocaine” and “After Midnight,” died Friday at the age of 74.

The singer-songwriter's official website confirmed Cale passed away at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla after suffering a heart attack Friday night.

Born John Weldon Cale in Oklahoma City, he’s revered for pioneering the “Tulsa Sound,” a blend of rockabilly, country, jazz and blues.

Cale, who scored minor solo hits like "Crazy Mama" and "Lies," is better known for tunes like “After Midnight” and “Cocaine” which Clapton covered and turned into smashes.

In a career that spanned more than five decades Cale issued 14 albums and his songs have been covered by a slew of iconic musicians including Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Waylon Jennings and Captain Beefheart.

Though his first single, “Shock Hop/Sneaky” came out in 1958, Cale didn’t release a proper debut until 1971. "Naturally" featured songs like "Call Me the Breeze" (later popularized by Lynyrd Skynyrd), “Clyde” (a 1980 hit for Jennings) and “After Midnight.”

Clyde eventually collaborated with Clapton. The pair released “The Road to Escondido” in 2006. The project won the Grammy for contemporary blues album in 2008.

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« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2013, 2138 UTC »
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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2013, 0535 UTC »
I spent the day playing JJ Cale videos after hearing this news.  Some great stuff with Clapton, Leon Russell and many others.  I think Clapton would admit his own career might have stalled in the early 1970s if he hadn't been introduced to Cale's music around 1970.  His entire Slowhand album was heavily influenced by Cale, and "Lay Down Sally" is the best JJ Cale song that JJ Cale never wrote - but should have.  It has that classic percussive rhythm guitar groove and low key vocal style.
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