Posted in music on July 27, 2013

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Raised in Tulsa after being born in Oklahoma City in 1938, Cale played local clubs with Leon Russell before the two musicians, along with Carl Radle, moved to Los Angeles in 1964. One year later, Cale began a solo career and recorded his first version of "After Midnight."

After Cale signed to Shelter Records in 1969, Clapton recorded "After Midnight" and made it a smash hit. Cale's debut album, "Naturally," came in 1971, and featured the song "Call Me the Breeze," later covered and popularized by Lynyrd Skynyrd. - [Billboard]

J.J. Cale, who also wrote Clapton's hit "Cocaine," died of a heart attack on Friday night (7/26). He was 74.

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Comments (12)

What a singer...and an underrated guitar player, as well...

Posted by Joshua Sanders | July 27, 2013 8:26 PM

One of the most underrated, below the radar, heavy hitters of rock and roll. This guy was the bedrock for so many big hits, and he was such a brilliant player. Never ever ever ever got the respect or renowned he deserved. RIP.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2013 9:32 PM

Cocaine is a hell of a drug.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2013 10:03 PM

Living On Tulsa Time was classic - RIP J.J.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2013 12:10 PM

Sorry to hear this.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2013 1:15 PM

Death Don't Have No Mercy.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2013 2:27 PM

Cale>Clapton

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2013 2:53 PM

Himanshu Suri > Cale #wesleyan

Posted by Max Horwich | July 28, 2013 10:34 PM

John Cale > J.J. Cale

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 9:16 AM

J.J. Cale > cruelty-free kale chips

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 10:26 AM

Thank you J.J for all the beautiful music you left us, from beginng to end This One is my favorite. Thanks for posting. Peace and Love to you Dear J.J Cale !

Posted by Eleanor | February 26, 2014 8:22 AM

Thank you J.J for all the beautiful music you left us, from beginng to end This One is my favorite. Thanks for posting. Peace and Love to you Dear J.J Cale !

Posted by Williams | April 2, 2014 2:40 PM

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