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J.J. Cale

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Along with his laid-back rootsy style, J.J. Cale was most widely known for composing “After Midnight” and “Cocaine,” tracks that Eric Clapton afterwards made into strikes. But Cale’s impact wasn’t just through songwriting — his distinctly loping feeling of tempo and shuffling boogie became the blueprint for the adult-oriented root base rock and roll of Clapton and Tag Knopfler, amongst others. Cale’s refusal to alter the audio of his music during the period of his profession triggered some critics to label him like a one-trick pony, but he were able to build a devoted cult following along with his sporadically released recordings. Given birth to in Oklahoma Town but elevated in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Cale performed in a number of rock and roll & roll rings and Western golf swing groups as an adolescent, including one clothing that also presented Leon Russell. In 1959, at age 21, he relocated to Nashville, where he was employed from the Grand Ole Opry’s touring organization. Over time, he came back to Tulsa, where he reunited with Russell and started playing regional night clubs. In 1964, Cale and Russell relocated to LA with another regional Oklahoma musician, Carl Radle. Soon after he found its way to LA, Cale began using Delaney & Bonnie. He just used the duo for a short time, starting a solo profession in 1965. That 12 months, he slice the 1st edition of “After Midnight,” which would become his most well-known track. Around 1966, Cale created the Leathercoated Thoughts with songwriter Roger Tillison. The group released a psychedelic recording called A VACATION Down Sunset Remove the same 12 months. Determining that he wouldn’t have the ability to forge a profession in LA, Cale came back to Tulsa in 1967. Upon his come back, he go about playing regional clubs. Inside a 12 months, he had documented a couple of demos. Radle acquired a copy from the demos and forwarded it to Denny Cordell, who was simply founding an archive label known as Shelter with Leon Russell. Shelter authorized Cale in 1969. The next 12 months, Eric Clapton documented “After Midnight,” acquiring it towards the American Best 20 and therefore offering Cale with required publicity and royalties. In Dec 1971, Cale released his debut recording, Normally, on Shelter Information; the album presented the very best 40 strike “Crazy Mama,” and a re-recorded edition of “After Midnight,” which almost reached the very best 40, and “Contact Me the Air flow,” which Lynyrd Skynyrd afterwards covered. Cale implemented Naturally with Actually, which highlighted the minor strike “Lays,” afterwards that same season. Following the discharge of Actually, J.J. Cale followed a slow working arrangements, releasing an record every other 12 months. Okie, his third record, made an appearance in 1974. 2 yrs afterwards, he released Troubadour, which yielded “Hey Baby,” his last minimal hit, along with the first edition of “Cocaine,” a tune that Clapton would afterwards cover. By this aspect, Cale had resolved into a comfy profession being a cult musician and he seldom made any try to break right into the mainstream. Yet another record on Shelter Information, 5, made an appearance in 1979 and he switched brands, putting your signature on with MCA in 1981. MCA just released one recording (1981’s Tones) and Cale relocated to Mercury Information the following 12 months, liberating Grasshopper. In 1983, Cale released his 8th recording, 8. The recording became his 1st not to graph. Following its launch, Cale remaining Mercury and came into a long amount of seclusion, reappearing in past due 1990 with Travel Log, that was released within the English self-employed label Silvertone; the recording appeared in the us the following 12 months. 10 premiered in 1992. The recording failed to graph, nonetheless it re-established his power like a cult designer. He relocated to the main label Virgin in 1994, liberating In your area the same 12 months. It was accompanied by Acoustic guitar Guy in 1996. Cale came back to documenting in 2003, liberating To Tulsa and Back 2004 within the Sanctuary label and THE STREET to Escondido, a collaborative work with Clapton, in 2006 on Reprise. Move On appeared in ’09 2009 on Rounder Information. A Compact disc/DVD set attracted from classes Cale documented with Leon Russell on keyboards in 1979, In Program at Paradise Studio room, made an appearance early in 2013. In July of this calendar year, Cale died of the heart attack within a hospital within the La Jolla community of NORTH PARK, California; he was 74 yrs . old.

Quick Facts


Full Name J. J. Cale
Died July 26, 2013, La Jolla, California, United States
Profession Singer-songwriter
Education Central High School
Nationality American
Spouse Christine Lakeland
Awards Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album
Music Songs Call Me The Breeze, After Midnight, Cocaine, Crazy Mama, Cajun Moon, Don't Cry Sister, I Got the Same Old Blues, Mama Don't, Travelin' Light, Don't Go to Strangers, I'll Make Love to You, Ride Me High, I'll Be There, Anyway the Wind Blows, Bringing It Back, If You're Ever in Oklahoma, Magnolia, Wish I Had Not Said That, River Boat Song, Fancy Dancer, The Woman That Got Away, Thirteen Days, A Thing Going On, Sporting Life Blues, Devil in Disguise, Trouble In The City, I’m a Gypsy Man, Let Me Do It to You, River Runs Deep, Lou-Easy-Ann, Former Me, Hard to Thrill
Albums The Road to Escondido, Naturally, Troubadour, Okie, Live, To Tulsa and Back, Roll On, Shades, Travel-Log, Guitar Man, Grasshopper, 5, Really, Number 10, Closer to You, 8, Anyway the Wind Blows: The Anthology, Rewind: The Unreleased Recordings, The Silvertone Years, Special Edition, Ebbets Field 1975 (Live), Breezin' at the Cafe (Live), La Femme de mon pote, Cajun Moon - Tulsa, Oklahoma 31 Dec 1975 (Live), The Troubadour Plays Live, Live at Cain's Ballroom, Tulsa, 1975 (FM Radio Broadcast), New Year's Eve in Tulsa (Live), After Midnight: The Best Of, Gold, Live: Ebbett's Field Denver CO 13 FEB '75 (Digitally Remastered), The Definitive Collection, In Session, Classic, J.J. Cale - Live on Kfc, San Francisco, Live at Ebbett's Field, Denver, 1975 (FM Radio Broadcast), Collected, Right Down Here - Live at Pacific High, San Francisco. 4 Dec '71, Star-Club
Movies To Tulsa and Back: On Tour with J.J. Cale, 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads


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#Fact
1 He changed his name from John Cale to JJ Cale to avoid being confused with John Cale of the Velvet Underground.
2 He helped to create the "Tulsa Sound," a genre with blues, rockabilly, country, and jazz influences. He was a former member of the Grand Ole Opry touring company. He also pioneered the use of drum machines.
3 Good friend with Eric Clapton. He wrote some of Clapton's solo career songs like "After Midnight" and "Cocaine". In 2006 together they released the album "The Road to Escondido", which won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album two years later.
4 Was a dedicated lover of animals.
5 Grammy Award-winning guitarist and songwriter, known for his bluesy, laid-back style. Wrote a number of songs made famous by Eric Clapton ("Cocaine", "After Midnight", "The Road to Escondido"), as well as others covered by Johnny Cash, Lynyrd Skynyrd ("Call Me the Breeze"), Captain Beefheart and the Allman Brothers.
6 Grammy-Award Winning singer, songwriter and musician.


Soundtrack

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TitleYearStatusCharacter
Master of None TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
Far Out 2015 writer: "Cocaine"
Ride 2014/I performer: "Hey Baby" / writer: "Hey Baby"
Transparent TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
Tammy 2014 writer: "Call Me The Breeze"
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cuéntame 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Divorce TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
Eastbound & Down 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The House I Live In 2012 Documentary performer: "IF YOU'RE EVER IN OKLAHOMA" / writer: "IF YOU'RE EVER IN OKLAHOMA"
United States of Tara TV Series writer - 2 episodes, 2009 - 2010 performer - 1 episode, 2010
Barney's Version 2010 performer: "River Runs Deep" / writer: "River Runs Deep"
Extract 2009 writer: "I Got The Same Old Blues"
Middle Men 2009 writer: "Cocaine"
Breaking Bad TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Watchmen 2009 writer: "Clyde"
Lynyrd Skynyrd: Live at Freedom Hall 2008 TV Movie writer: "Call Me The Breeze"
Role Models 2008 writer: "Call Me the Breeze"
Dancing with the Stars 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Men in Trees 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Friday Night Lights TV Series performer - 3 episodes, 2007 - 2008 writer - 3 episodes, 2007 - 2008
The Education of Charlie Banks 2007 performer: "Everything Will Be Alright" / writer: "Everything Will Be Alright"
Wild Hogs 2007 writer: "Call Me the Breeze"
Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector 2006 writer: "They Call Me the Breeze" - as John W. Cale
Elementarteilchen 2006 writer: "Cocaine"
Lord of War 2005 writer: "Cocaine" 1975
The Dukes of Hazzard 2005 writer: "Call Me the Breeze"
Bad News Bears 2005 "Cocaine"
Dog the Bounty Hunter 2005 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Fahrenheit 9/11 2004 Documentary writer: "Cocaine" 1970
Starsky & Hutch 2004 writer: "Cocaine"
Nursie 2004 writer: "Cajun Moon"
Soundstage 2003 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Any Way the Wind Blows 2003 performer: "Magnolia" / writer: "Magnolia"
Eric Clapton: One More Car, One More Rider - Live on Tour 2001 2002 Video documentary writer: "Cocaine"
Sunshine State 2002 writer: "Call Me the Breeze"
Bandits 2001 performer: "Long Way Home" - uncredited / writer: "Long Way Home" - uncredited
Grass 1999 Documentary performer: "Cocaine" / writer: "Cocaine"
A Room for Romeo Brass 1999 performer: "After Midnight" / writer: "After Midnight"
That '70s Show 1999 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Scrapple 1998 music: "One Step Ahead of the Blues"
Lawn Dogs 1997 performer: "Feeling In Love" / writer: "Feeling In Love"
Phenomenon 1996 performer: "A Thing Going On" / writer: "A Thing Going On"
Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode, 1993 writer - 1 episode, 1993
Tohuwabohu 1993 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Unlawful Entry 1992 performer: "DON'T GO TO STRANGERS" / writer: "DON'T GO TO STRANGERS"
The Cream of Eric Clapton 1990 Video documentary writer: "Cocaine"
The Wonder Years 1989 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Immediate Family 1989 performer: "Crazy Mama" / writer: "Crazy Mama"
Rain Man 1988 writer: "After Midnight" 1966 - uncredited
Growing Pains 1987 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Knight Rider 1982 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Midnight Special 1980 TV Series writer - 1 episode
WKRP in Cincinnati 1979 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Motorway File 1975 Short performer: "Right Down Here" / writer: "Right Down Here"
Dope 1968 Documentary writer: "Cocaine"

Composer

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My Best Friend's Girl 1983

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Dog the Bounty Hunter 2005 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Self

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To Tulsa and Back: On Tour with J.J. Cale 2005 Video documentary Himself
Crossroads Guitar Festival 2004 Video documentary Himself
Schmidteinander 1994 TV Series Himself

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The 56th Annual Grammy Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Singer / Songwriter / Guitarist (In Memoriam)

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#Quote
1 I'd like to have the fortune, but I don't care too much about the fame.
2 Basically, I'm just a guitar player that figured out I wasn't ever gonna be able to buy dinner with my guitar playing. So I got into songwriting, which is a little more profitable business.


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