Tuesday, July 30, 2013

R.I.P. J.J. Cale

J.J. Cale, the singer-songwriter who wrote two of Eric Clapton's most beloved hits, "Cocaine" and "After Midnight" passed away on Friday evening, July 26th, at the age of 74.  J.J. Cale also penned "Call Me The Breeze" made famous by Lynyrd Skynyrd and a two staples in Widespread Panic's setlist, "Travelin' Light" and "Ride Me High"

Cale's musical style was a blend of country, folk, blues, and jazz and his laid-back boogie shuffle was contradictory to the music released in the early 70s.  J.J. Cale's style is often referred to as the "Tulsa Sound" after Cale's hometown in Oklahoma.  

The statement on J.J. Cale's website read as follows:
"JJ Cale passed away at 8:00 pm on Friday July 26 at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, CA. The legendary singer / songwriter had suffered a heart attack. There are no immediate plans for services.

His history is well documented at JJCale.com, 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, donations can be made to your favorite local animal shelter."

-Will Fisher, The Showbiz Kids 

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