J.J. Cale (December 5, 1938 - July 26, 2013) was a highly acclaimed and influential blues rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist with a trademark laid-back style who became famous during the early 1970s. As a recording artist, he had his biggest hit in 1972 with "Crazy Mama," but he is best known for penning such rock standards as "After Midnight" and "Cocaine" as made famous by Eric Clapton.
Born John Weldon Cale in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, he was raised in Tulsa and, after graduating high school in 1956, relocated to California along with several other Tulsa-area musicians to pursue a music career. He began as a studio engineer and released several singles before getting his first big break in 1970 when Eric Clapton had a smash hit with "After Midnight." In 1972, Cale released his first album, "Naturally," and had a string of hits that included the Top 40 smash, "Crazy Mama," as well as his own lesser-known version of "After Midnight." Cale released many more albums through 2009 that included the Grammy-winning "The Road To Escondido," which he recorded in 2006 with Eric Clapton. In 2006, he made a documentary, "To Tulsa And Back: On Tour With J.J. Cale."
J.J. Cale was one of the chief architects of the Tulsa Sound, a unique mix of blues, country, rock & roll, rockabilly, and swamp rock.
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- Crazy Mama 1972
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