Anyone who enjoyed the laid-back sound of song-writer and musician JJ Cale will be saddened by the news that the artist has died from a heart attack.
According to his website, Cale died on Friday, July 26 at 8pm.
JJ Cale, whose real name was John Weldon Cale, changed his name to avoid confusion with the musician John Cale of the “Velvet Underground”, reports The Dwarf, Australia.
Two of Cale’s most famous songs, “After Midnight and “Cocaine”, were made famous by Eric Clapton. Cale also wrote “Call me the Breeze”, the well-known song performed by Lynyrd Synyrd.
Mike Kappus, president of the Rosebud Agency said, Cale “…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,” according to a CNN Entertainment report.
Kappus added Cale was “incredibly humble” and made it a point to “avoid the spotlight at all costs”. When asked if it bothered him that fans of his music didn’t know his name, but fellow musicians considered him a legend, he responded: “No… What's really nice is when you get a check in the mail."
He was living in Tulsa, Oklahoma and had given up on making money when Eric Clapton made “After Midnight” a hit. According to Cale’s biography, he subsequently drove to Nashville, Tennessee to record his first album.
Rest in peace. This writer was a huge fan of Cale's music as well as his persona.
His website posts the following:
"JJ Cale Has Passed Away
JJ Cale passed away at 8:00 pm on Friday July 26
at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, CA.
The legendary singer / songwriter had suffered a heart attack.
There are no immediate plans for services.
His history is well documented at JJCale.com, rosebudus.com/cale,
and in the documentary, To Tulsa And Back.
Donations are not needed but he was a great lover of animals so, if you like,
you can remember him with a donation to your favorite local animal shelter."