J.J. Cale

J.J. Cale

Original Name John Weldon
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, USA
Death 26 Jul 2013 (aged 74)
La Jolla, San Diego County, California, USA
Burial Oceanside, San Diego County, California, USA
Memorial ID 114442186 · View Source
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Musician, Songwriter. He will be best remembered for his introduction of the music blended genre which became known as the "Tulsa Sound". His original scores became cover hits for Eric Clapton "After Midnight" (1970) and "Cocaine" (1976). Born John Weldon Cale, he was raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Music became a major part of his life by the time he reached his teenage years. During this period, he participated in several rock bands including an ensemble with Leon Russell. He moved to Nashville and for a period, toured with the Grand Ole Opry, prior to removing to California, where he worked with Bonnie and Delaney. By the mid 1960s, Cale returned to his native Tulsa and concentrated on songwriting. Following Eric Clapton's success from Cale's penned songs, Cale received a contract with the Shelter label and released his debut album "Naturally" (1972) which included the Top 30 song "Crazy Mama" (reaching number 22 on the Billboard Charts). Later in the decade Lynyrd Skynyrd score a hit with their cover of Cale's "Call Me the Breeze". In 2008, he co-shared a Grammy Award with Eric Clapton for Best Contemporary Blues Album with "The Road to Escondido".

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  • Added: 26 Jul 2013
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