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J.J. Cale Dies From Heart Attack At Age 74


by Paul Cashmere on July 27, 2013

J.J. Cale has died from a heart attack at the age of 74.

The death of the legendary Grammy Award winning singer songwriter was announced on his Facebook page today.

“We’ve lost a great artist and a great person tonight. JJ Cale passed away at 8:00 pm on Friday July 26 at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, CA. He had suffered a heart attack. There are no immediate plans for services. His history is well documented at JJCale.com , http://www.rosebudus.com/cale/ and in the documentary, To Tulsa And Back.

Donations are not needed but he was a great lover of animals so, if you like, you can remember him with donations to your favorite local animal shelter”.

J.J. Cale was best known for the songs ‘After Midnight’ and ‘Cocaine’, covered by Eric Clapton as well as ‘Crazy Mama’ and ‘Call Me The Breeze’.

Born John Weldon Cale in 1938, Cale recorded 14 studio albums as well as his collaboration album with Clapton ‘The Road To Escondido’.

His last released recording was the song ‘Angel’ on Clapton’s recent ‘Old Sock’ album.


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Oh my...not J J!!! He was such a genius. So sad to see that he has moved on from this earth......Safe travels our friend!! But I am sure that heaven has a tremendous band waiting....

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Losing JJ Cale is losing an American musical treasure. Always under the radar, he has been, and will always be, a huge inspiration to me and the band.

Luckily, I had the pleasure of playing with him several times. He was always gracious and treated me like a friend.

Whenever I listen to music, it is nearly always one of his records. He had a gift for the sweetest groove, the sweetest guitar phrase, and the coolest lyrics - understated, but deep. "I'm not a homeless man - I'm a gypsy by trade and I'm traveling this land" is one of my favorites.

His guitar tone and touch were magical in their simplicity.

I will miss him terribly, but I cherish all the music he left for us.

Thanks, JJ, we love you.

- Mike Campbell, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

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