JJ Cale was one of the great ones. An award winning songwriter and performer, he had so many admirers including Eic Clapton and others who loved to perform his songs. Oklahoma born John Weldon Cale managed to successfully combine elements of Cajun music, Tulsa sound and other elements creating a laid back style that sometimes had it’s own intensity. Eric Clapton loved JJ Cale songs like “After Midnight” and other compositions, while JJ Cale managed some minor hits on his own performing singles like “Crazy Mama” and “Lies”. Sometimes playing a beatup acoustic guitar that looked like a piece of junk, that had no back, JJ Cale managed a unique sound to many of his recordings. Some music critics ranked JJ Cale and Jimi Hendrix as being two of the best electric guitar players of all time as well.
The 74 year old legend suffered a heart attack in California, passing away. He’ll be greatly missed and becomes another great music legend to pass away this year, joining Alvin Lee of Ten Years After and Ray Manzarek of The Doors.