JJ Cale RIP
The masterful guitar player and songwriter has died at the age of 74
It’s always sad when you realise that the only reason you’re hearing someone on the radio is because they’ve passed away. Such was the case with JJ Cale, whose death from a heart attack on Friday at the age of 74 meant there were a lot of the better radio shows paying tribute to the American guitarist and songwriter over the weekend.
Best known as the songwriter whose songs were covered by Eric Clapton, Tom Petty and Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cale was also a fantastic guitar player and the originator of the “Tulsa sound”, drawing in shades of blues, country, rockabilly and jazz.
“Basically, I’m just a guitar player that figured out I wasn’t ever gonna be able to buy dinner with my guitar playing”, he said, “so I got into songwriting, which is a little more profitable business.”
Adam Sweeting’s obituary of the man is here.