JJ Cale passes away at 74


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Updated: 7/27/2013 8:44 am Published: 7/27/2013 8:41 am


Music legend, Oklahoma native and original member of the "Tulsa Sound" JJ Cale has passed away.

Cale wrote songs "Cocaine" and "After Midnight" that were made famous by Eric Clapton. His contemporaries considered him a legend, even if most fans weren't familiar with his name.

Cale was born on December 5, 1938, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was raised in Tulsa and graduated from Tulsa Central High School in 1956. Along with a number of other young Tulsa musicians, Cale moved to Los Angeles in the early 1960s, where he first worked as a studio engineer.

Finding little success as a recording artist, he later returned to Tulsa and was considering giving up the music business until Clapton recorded "After Midnight" in 1970.

He was 74. Cale died from a heart attack on Friday.

Lynyrd Skynyrd made Cale's song "Call Me The Breeze" famous, and bands including Santana, The Allman Brothers, Johnny Cash, and many others covered his songs.

He won a Grammy for his 2006 album with Clapton, called The Road to Escondido.

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