J.J. Cale

Born 5 December 1938. Died 26 July 2013.
J.J. Cale


John Weldon Cale (December 5, 1938 – July 26, 2013), known as JJ Cale or J.J. Cale, was an American singer-songwriter and musician who was one of the originators of the Tulsa Sound, a loose genre drawing on blues, rockabilly, country, and jazz influences. Cale's personal style has often been described as "laid back".

Songs written by Cale that have been covered by other musicians include "After Midnight" by Eric Clapton, Phish and Jerry Garcia, "Cocaine" by Eric Clapton, "Clyde" by Waylon Jennings and Dr. Hook, and "Call Me the Breeze" by Lynyrd Skynyrd, John Mayer, Johnny Cash, Bobby Bare and Eric Clapton. In 2008 he was a Grammy Award winner, jointly with Clapton.

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  1. Review of Roll On

    Roll On 2009

    Reviewed by Jon Lusk
    You get the feeling this 70-year-old master will roll on for some time to come.
  2. Review of Rewind

    Rewind 2007

    Reviewed by Lou Thomas
    If double Jay himself had thought these tunes were all great to begin with, surely he...
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