JJ Cale dead at age 74

Cale died July 26th from a heart attack

Rock singer/songwriter JJ Cale died on Friday (July 26th) at the age of 74. Cale’s best known for writing hits for Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynrd and many other classic rockers. The singer’s website made the announcement that Cale passed away Friday, July 26th at 8 pm PST at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, CA from a heart attack.

The site confirms that there are no immediate plans for a funeral or memorial service. The site also states donations are needed, but encourages fans to make a donation to their local animal shelter in honor of Cale’s fondness of animals.

Cale has recorded more than a dozen of his own albums, but it’s the likes of Eric Clapton and Lynyrd Skynyrd (among others) who have given Cale a name in mainstream music. Clapton recorded his “After Midnight,” “Cocaine,” “Travelin’ Light” and “I’ll Make Love To You Anytime” while Lynyrd Skynyrd made “Call Me The Breeze” famous. Santana, The Allman Brothers, Johnny Cash, The Band, Chet Atkins, Freddie King, Maria Muldaur and Captain Beefheart have all covered Cale’s songs.

Born in Oklahoma City, Cale has been recording and performing independently for over 50 years. His debut album, Naturally, was released in 1972 and Rounder Records released his final full length LP, Roll on, in 2009. Cale’s song “Angel” most recently appeared on Eric Clapton’s latest disc, Old Sock, released in March 2013. The track is previously unreleased and features Cale guesting on guitar and vocals.

In April 2013, Universal Music UK released the boxed set, Classic Album Selection, featuring five of Cale’s classic albums Naturally (1972), Troubadour (1976), Shades (1981), Grasshopper (1982) and #8 (1983).

JJ Cale wrote some of classic rock’s most famous gems. RIP!

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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