Remembering J.J. Cale

Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013 by mztupelo

J.J. Cale 

December 5th 1938 - July 26 2013


Blues and rock music lost a legend this week, when J.J. Cale died of a heart attack in San Diego.

Mr. Cale was best known was for writing such classics as After Midnight and Cocaine, which became hits when Eric Clapton recorded them.

J. J. Cale's career began in Oklahoma playing rock and roll venues in addition to western swing clubs. It was at this time that he and Leon Russell began working together.

His distinctly loping sense of rhythm and shuffling boogie became the blueprint for the adult-oriented roots rock of Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler, among others.

In addition to being a world renowned musician he was also a devoted animal lover.

To remember or to get to know this great music talent, grab your cat or dog, bird or snake and relax as you listen to his great lyrics and soulful voice. Below you will find some recommendations.


 Roll On - J.J. Cale

"He's got weight, sleight of hand, and the Okie soul in every cell of his being, and it all comes out in the tunes. This one is solid from top to bottom."

- AMG Music Guide

The Road to Escondido  - J.J. Cale and Eric Clapton

"And if Clapton  popularized Cale's sound, he's paying him back with this record, which will bring him to a wider audience -- and Cale, in turn, has given Clapton his best record in a long time by focusing Clapton on this soulful, mellow groove and giving him a solid set of songs."

- AMG Music Guide

Discover more great music and movies by checking out our Music & Movies blog!



Tagged: After Midnight, Blues, Cocaine, Eric Clapton, J.J. Cale, Leon Russell, Mark Knopfler, Milpitas News, Music, Music and Movies, Remembering, Rock