Last updated: 07 July 2009
John Cale is one of the most influential musicians ever to have come from Wales. Born to a coal miner father and school teacher mother in Garnant in 1942, Cale's talent for music - particularly the piano and viola - was spotted early on.
As a teenager he studied musicology at London's Goldsmiths College in the early 1960s before being awarded a prestigious Leonard Bernstein scholarship to study with the Boston University Orchestra.
Read the full John Cale biography.