Musician JJ Cale dies of heart attack aged 74

Influential performer and producer wrote for Eric Clapton and Lynyrd Skynyrd

Cale’s laid-back songs influenced some of the most famous musicians of the 1970s.

Cale’s laid-back songs influenced some of the most famous musicians of the 1970s.


Musician JJ Cale, an influential performer and producer who wrote After Midnight for Eric Clapton and Call Me the Breeze for Lynyrd Skynyrd, has died. He was 74.

Cale’s manager Mike Kappus told The Associated Press that the architect of the Tulsa Sound died yesterday of a heart attack at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, California.

The Oklahoma native cut a wide path through 1970s rock and roll, influencing some of the most famous musicians at the time with songs that were laid-back and mellow, yet imbued with a driving groove.

Video: JJ Cale performs After Midnight with Eric Clapton

A former member of the Grand Ole Opry touring company, Cale never rose to the level of success of his admirers, but his fingerprints could be heard all over the genre in the 1970s, and his music remains influential.


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