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JJ Cale has died

From The Associated Press:

Musician JJ Cale dies; wrote Clapton, Skynyrd hits

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LA JOLLA, Calif. (AP) — Grammy-winning musician JJ Cale, whose best known songs became hits for Eric Clapton with “After Midnight” and Lynyrd Skynyrd with “Call Me the Breeze,” has died. He was 74.

The performer and producer’s manager Mike Kappus told The Associated Press that the architect of the Tulsa Sound died Friday night of a heart attack at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, Calif.

Born John Weldon Cale in Oklahoma City, he cut a wide path through 1970s rock ‘n’ roll, influencing some of the most famous musicians at the time with songs that were laid back and mellow, yet imbued with a driving groove.

Neil Young, Mark Knopfler and Bryan Ferry are among his many fans in the music world.

A former member of the Grand Ole Opry touring company, Cale never rose to the level of success of his admirers, but his fingerprints could be heard all over the genre in the 1970s, and his music remains influential.

His album with Eric Clapton “The Road to Escondido” won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album in 2007.

In 2006, Cale told the AP in an interview “I’d probably be selling shoes today if it wasn’t for Eric.”

Clapton also recorded Cale’s “Cocaine,” ‘’Travelin’ Light” and “I’ll Make Love To You Anytime.”

Artists including Santana, The Allman Brothers and Johnny Cash have all covered Cale’s songs.

Cale was asked on his website if it bothers him that “contemporaries and critics list him amongst legends, and fans might love his songs yet not even know his name?”

“No, it doesn’t bother me,” he said with a laugh. “What’s really nice is when you get a check in the mail.”
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always liked Guitar Man

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Guitar Man was the first song I learned how to play
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Sorry to hear of his passing. Always like his smooth vocals & laid-back playing.

Been a fan of his since that old album with the racoon the cover. Just picked up his last album about a month ago.

In addition to Clapton, Mark Knophler owes a debt to Cale. Very similar approach to vocals and, to a lesser degree, licks.

Would have loved to hear Cale, Knofphler, and Chet together (maybe backing Emmylou). Still love classics such as "Crazy Mama" and "Call Me the Breeze".

Enjoyed reading his comments. Love the working musician's humility and self-deprecation despite his enormous talent. Ry Cooder (despite his more strident political posture lately), Taj Mahal, John Hiatt, Beausoleil, R. Thompson, G. Welch/D. Rawlings, etc. seem to share that view of their place in the 'popular success' pantheon.

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