I was very much saddened to hear of the death of JJ Cale. He was 74 and died of a heart attack.
JJ Cale helped found the “Tulsa Sound”, a fusion of blues, rockabilly, and country. Whilst mainly known for his guitar playing, JJ Cale also played piano, keyboards, bass, drums.
He was a prolific singer / song writer and many of his songs were covered by other artists. These included covers by musicians such as “After Midnight” and “Cocaine” by Eric Clapton, “Clyde” by Waylon Jennings and “Call Me the Breeze” by Lynyrd Skynyrd and Johnny Cash. Other artists that have recorded Cale’s work include Carlos Santana, Tom Petty and Randy Crawford. JJ Cales songs could be best described as laid back, mellow, yet with a driving groove and over the years he has collaborated with many artists. Many more, including Neil Young, Bryan Ferry and Mark Knopfler, cite him as one of the influences of their own music.
Once again the world has lost a major talent. But, thanks to his magic, the world is a richer place and his influences on other current musicians ensures that his legacy is carried forward.
And folks, if you don’t know the works of JJ Cale, there are over twenty albums out there for you to dip into.