JJ Cale Passes Away at 74

Legendary guitarist succumbed to a heart attack last Friday (July 26).

JJ Cale Passes Away at 74
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Legendary guitarist JJ Cale passed away last Friday (July 26) after suffering a heart attack. He was 74.

The unfortunate news were announced via official website, confirming Cale's passing at a local hospital in La Jolla, California.

Known as a key figure and one of the originators of the so-called "Tulsa Sound," Cale was a highly influential figure in both blues and rock world, with he likes of Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Santana, Allman Brothers Band and Johnny Cash all covering at least one of his tunes. List of such songs includes staple classic rock numbers as "Cocaine," "After Midnight" and "Call Me the Breeze."

"JJ Cale was loved by fans worldwide for his completely unpretentious and beautiful music," said Mike Kappus, president of the Rosebud Agency (via CNN). "He was loved even more dearly by all those he came in contact with as the most real and down-to-earth person we all knew."

Throughout his over five decades-long career, the guitarist released 14 studio efforts, winning a Grammy Award for best contemporary blues album in 2008.

Clapton's covers unarguably brought him the most fame, with even Cale himself once saying that he'd "probably be selling shoes today if it wasn't for Eric." Clapton paid a tribute to late axeman via official Facebook page, posting "We've lost a great artist and a great person."

Another music giant left us this year. Rest in peace Mr. Cale.

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    alfie9000
    R.I.P Feels as if alot of rock stars are dying this year.
    TryTheKetchup
    Once on this site I've met the phrase "Club 2013." Unfortunately, the man who told this was quite right.
    Scott O
    Right. It's almost as if none of them died over the last 50 years, just this year.
    ratbertovich
    You know, even when you are truly a honest man, a caring person, a down-to-earth master of your profession, there is always the possibility that some people will come up and say something nasty about you or your work. Either out of spite, or, because they really believe it for some obscure reason. Not a single person who worked with him, toured with him, or, involved with him in any way has said anything bad about JJ Cale. Ever. Yes he was a great musician, but his being a great musician is nothing compared to that fact. He was a great man.
    christianonbass
    Great comment! Many great comments about this great musician, and apparently, great human being. RIP, and thank you for the great music.
    ToNtUz
    I tought this would be a good year for music beacause of so many good albums have been/will be released but this kind of news makes this a bad year for music R.I.P.
    fretjuuh
    And there goes another great one... R.I.P. at least we still have his music
    ezpass2000
    It's a shame he wasn't inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame while he was alive. It's a mark against the Hall that he isn't in there already.
    Freels
    This absolutely breaks my heart. He was an amazing person, and an incredible songwriter. His last Clapton contribution was a song called Angel, on Old Sock. Beautiful.
    Rest in peace, John...you'll be missed everyday!
    Like I Is
    My Dad used to play his CDs in the car when I was young. He had a real mellow groove to him, and just seemed like a cool guy. They don't make artists like this anymore. RIP.
    gus_metallica
    RIP. I didn't know the guy but God bless his soul. He influenced a lot of great guitarists
    DystoCreativity
    My grandfather and Cale were great friends - I was hoping to meet him eventually, but that might be postponed now. Too many fantastic musicians are saying their farewells this year.
    rikigo
    Farewell, J.J. Cale you'll be sadly missed! Here's a featured interview that discusses the CASIO 360 and JJ Cale's mod's. Plus, he had 'two' of them. "...It's been thoroughly modified. I don't own a guitar that I don't tear apart and rearrange. That's another one of my hobbies. It don't never sound any better, but I enjoy the process. It's kind of like playing golf." http://www.puremusic.com/cale6.html
    rikigo
    R.I.P. J.J.', we'll all miss that 'Tulsa Sound' that we grew up with as University students. Here's a featured interview that discusses the CASIO 360 and JJ Cale's mod's . Plus, he had 'two' of them. http://www.puremusic.com/cale6.html "...It's been thoroughly modified. I don't own a guitar that I don't tear apart and rearrange. That's another one of my hobbies. It don't never sound any better, but I enjoy the process. It's kind of like playing golf." J.J. Cale (p.6) You'll be sadly missed... for your unique, hauntingly relaxed rhythm and blues. :-R
    Pablo Mortis
    You know someone's unappreciated when you've known their songs all your life without ever knowing who it was that wrote them: R.I.P.
    DystoCreativity
    Not exactly unappreciated - he detested the limelight. If you've gone your whole life without knowing which songs were his, he achieved his goal.
    Who66
    Damn,there goes a cool and humble man. People will be playing tunes like After Midnight, Call Me the Breeze and so on for a very long time.