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Musician JJ Cale Dies; Wrote Clapton, Skynyrd Hits
« on: July 28, 2013, 09:17:56 AM »
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Musician JJ Cale Dies; Wrote Clapton, Skynyrd Hits

Cale, the singer-songwriter and producer known as the main architect of the Tulsa Sound, passed away Friday night at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, Calif. His manager, Mike Kappus, said Cale died of a heart attack. He was 74.

If musicians were measured not by the number of records they sold but by the number of peers they influenced, JJ Cale would have been a towering figure in 1970s rock ‘n’ roll.

His best songs like “After Midnight,” ”Cocaine” and “Call Me the Breeze” were towering hits — for other artists. Eric Clapton took “After Midnight” and “Cocaine” and turned them into the kind of hard-party anthems that defined rock for a long period of time. And Lynyrd Skynyrd took the easy-shuffling “Breeze” and supercharged it with a three-guitar attack that made it a hit.

Cale, the singer-songwriter and producer known as the main architect of the Tulsa Sound, passed away Friday night at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, Calif. His manager, Mike Kappus, said Cale died of a heart attack. He was 74.

While his best known songs remain in heavy rotation on the radio nearly 40 years later, most folks wouldn’t be able to name Cale as their author. That was a role he had no problem with.

“No, it doesn’t bother me,” Cale said with a laugh in an interview posted on his website. “What’s really nice is when you get a check in the mail.”

And the checks rolled in for decades. The list of artists who covered his music or cite him as a direct influence reads like a who’s who of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — Clapton, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Mark Knopfler, The Allman Brothers, Carlos Santana, Captain Beefheart and Bryan Ferry among many others.

Young said in Jimmy McDonough’s biography “Shakey” that Cale and Jimi Hendrix were the best guitar players he had ever heard. And in his recent memoir “Waging Heavy Peace,” Young said Cale’s “Crazy Mama” — his biggest hit, rising to No. 22 on the Billboard singles chart — was one of the five songs that most influenced him as a songwriter: “The song is true, simple, and direct, and the delivery is very natural. JJ’s guitar playing is a huge influence on me. His touch is unspeakable.”

It was Clapton who forged the closest relationship with Cale. They were in sync musically and personally. Clapton also recorded Cale songs “Travelin’ Light” and “I’ll Make Love To You Anytime” and included the Cale composition “Angel” on his most recent album, “Old Sock.” Other songs like “Layla” didn’t involve Cale, but clearly owe him a debt. The two also collaborated together on “The Road to Escondido,” which won the Grammy Award for best contemporary blues album in 2008.

Clapton once told Vanity Fair that Cale was the living person he most admired, and Cale weighed the impact Clapton had on his life in a 2006 interview with The Associated Press: “I’d probably be selling shoes today if it wasn’t for Eric.”

That quote was typical of the always humble Cale. But while Clapton was already a star when he began mining Cale’s catalog, there’s no doubt the music they shared cemented his “Clapton is God” status and defined the second half of his career.

“As hard as I’ve tried I’ve never really succeeded in getting a record to sound like him and that’s what I want,” Clapton said in a “Fast Focus” video interview to promote “Escondido.” ”Before I go under the ground, I want to make a JJ Cale album with him at the helm.”

Clapton described Cale’s music as “a strange hybrid. It’s not really blues, it’s not really folk or country or rock ‘n’ roll. It’s somewhere in the middle.”

Cale arrived at that intersection by birth. Born John Weldon Cale in Oklahoma City, he was raised in Tulsa. Buffeted by country and western on one side and the blues on the other, Oklahoma offered a melting pot of styles. Cale leaned on those styles as he spent his formative years in Los Angeles and Nashville, but he also used drum machines and often acted as his own producer, engineer and session player. He’d bury his own whispery vocals in the mix, causing the listener to lean in and focus.

“I think it goes back to me being a recording mixer and engineer,” Cale said in a 2009 biography on his website. “Because of all the technology now you can make music yourself and a lot of people are doing that now. I started out doing that a long time ago and I found when I did that I came up with a unique sound.”

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J J Cale Cocaine studio version


Lynyrd Skynyrd - Call Me The Breeze - Studio Version


J.J Cale / Call Me The Breeze
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« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2013, 08:14:43 PM »
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J CALE, who has died aged 74, was an American guitarist and songwriter whose distinctive, laidback blend of country, blues and rockabilly won him a wide audience, and the admiration of musicians including Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler.

The reclusive JJ Cale, and the album cover of The Road to Escondido, which won a Grammy
Cale did not like touring, and he never sought celebrity, once quipping: “Send me the money and let the younger guys have the fame.” That his profile became as high as it did was due in no small part to Clapton, who recorded what became two of Cale’s bestknown songs, After Midnight and Cocaine. In his 2007 autobiography, Clapton called him “one of the most important artists in the history of rock, quietly representing the greatest asset his country has ever had”.
John Weldon Cale was born on December 5 1938 in Oklahoma City, and brought up in Tulsa. As a student at Tulsa Central High School he formed his own band, Johnnie Cale and The Valentines, which played the local bars; and on leaving school in 1956 he took menial jobs, all the time seeking work as a musician. Cale later claimed to have developed his eloquent, droll style on lead guitar from listening to rockabilly records, the single-string blues guitarists Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown and Billy Brown, Chet Atkins, Les Paul and Chuck Berry.
In the early Sixties Cale moved to Nashville, in the hope of breaking into country music recording sessions, but none of the producers expressed an interest. He made his way back to Tulsa, and was considering giving up on a career in music when his friend Leon Russell (whose song Delta Lady was famously recorded by Joe Cocker in 1969) persuaded him to join him in Los Angeles, where Russell was a leading session musician. Cale was quickly offered session work, and in 1967 made his first album, A Trip Down the Sunset Strip, with a band called The Leather-coated Minds; Cale wrote several of the songs, co-produced the record with Snuff Garrett, and took the opportunity to show off his skills as a guitarist.
By now he was known as JJ Cale — a name suggested to him by a Los Angeles club owner so as to avoid confusion with the Welsh rock musician John Cale, who had been a co-founder of Andy Warhol’s house band The Velvet Underground.
In 1969, thanks to Russell, Cale was invited to join a tour by the then popular husbandand-wife duo Delaney & Bonnie (Bramlett), who were appearing alongside Eric Clapton. Cale then returned to Nashville, undertaking more session work, and then to Tulsa, to play his old haunts on the bar circuit. He was once more thinking about abandoning music when he heard that Clapton had recorded his composition After Midnight.
The success of this song — a Top 20 hit in the United States — proved the turning point for Cale. The British-born producer and record magnate Denny Cordell signed him to a recording contract with his Shelter label, and Cale’s debut solo album Naturally (1972) won him positive reviews and an audience that enjoyed his throaty drawl and lyrical guitar playing. Cale once said that he wanted his music to sound as though it had been recorded on the front porch of his home in Tulsa, and it was an atmosphere he recreated effectively on his 1974 album Okie.
Cale continued to write and record in his own unhurried manner, and his reputation continued to rise. In 1976 he overcame his fear of flying and came to Britain, where he played in concert with Clapton — who then recorded Cale’s song Cocaine. Lynyrd Skynyrd and Santana would also enjoy success with Cale’s songs (Lynyrd Skynyrd covered his Call Me the Breeze); while Dire Straits, the most popular British band of the late 1970s and early Eighties, were indebted to Cale’s sound — Mark Knopfler regularly citing Cale as his favourite musician.
Cale moved to California in 1980, where for a time he became a recluse, living in a trailer without a telephone. His 1983 album #8 was poorly received, and he asked to be released from his contract with PolyGram. When later asked how he had spent the 1980s he replied: “Mowing the lawn and listening to Van Halen and rap.” He did not release another album until Travel Log in 1990.
He brought out three more albums in the 1990s before taking a long break and returning with To Tulsa And Back in 2004. His final album, Roll On, was released in 2009. He won a Grammy for his 2006 album with Eric Clapton, The Road to Escondido.

JJ Cale, who died after suffering a heart attack, is survived by his wife, Christine Lakeland. JJ Cale, born December 5 1938, died July 26 2013
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