Sad news announced today via his website that American singer/songwriter JJ Cale passed away after suffering a heart attack. He was 74.
A pioneer of the Tulsa sound, a mix of blues, rockabilly, jazz and Cajun music, Cale was as renowned a songwriter as he was a musician or performer with acts as diverse as Captain Beefheart to Eric Clapton and Lynyrd Skynyrd to Cissy Houston covering his songs. It was, in fact, Slowhand’s 1970 cover of ‘After Midnight’ that finally broke Cale into the mainstream, with his biggest single coming in 1972 when ‘Crazy Mama’ hit #22 on the US charts.
The relationship with Clapton continued with Cale’s final studio release being as a guest on ‘Angel’ on Clapton’s 2013 album. The two also released The Road to Escondido, a collaboration album, in 2006. His last studio album release was 2009’s Roll On and, in my opinion, his best was 1979’s 5 and I highly recommend you check it out.
Enjoy JJ & Eric here
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