Another Old Soldier Goes Down: RIP J.J. Cale

J.J. Cale, the laid-back Oklahoma guitarist known for the Tulsa Sound, died today (Saturday, July 27) of a heart attack at the age of 74.  While his catalogue of original material is formidable, most people will know him through Eric Clapton’s cover of “Cocaine,” a track from Cale’s 1976 album, Troubadour.  

Clapton also covered Cale’s “After Midnight”–a 1966 demo–for his 1970 demo solo album.  That track gave Cale his first real bit of money.

Read a profile of Cale in today’s New York Times.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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