J.J. Cale, whose songs were recorded by artists such as Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyd (“Call Me The Breeze”), The Band, Deep Purple, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, and others, passed away on July 26 from a heart attack. He was 74 years old.
John Weldon Cale was born in 1938 in Oklahoma City. Cale began recording his songs in the mid-1960s, but had largely given up on the music business by the end of that decade. This all changed when Eric Clapton covered his “After Midnight” in 1970. Clapton also had a hit with Cale’s “Cocaine.” Cale became known as the architect of the Tulsa Sound in the ’70s, combining blues, rock, country, and jazz to create the new genre.
Cale released numerous albums of his own as well, playing all the instruments and mixing the records himself. He and Clapton won a Grammy Award in 2007 for The Road to Escondido.