Musician JJ Cale dies; wrote Clapton, Skynyrd hits http://news.yahoo.com/musician-jj-cale-dies-wrote-clapton-skynyrd-hits-160728124.html
- CHRIS TALBOTT
If musicians were measured not by the number of records they sold but by the number of peers they influenced, JJ Cale would have been a towering figure in 1970s rock 'n' roll.
His best songs like "After Midnight," ''Cocaine" and "Call Me the Breeze" were towering hits — for other artists. Eric Clapton took "After Midnight" and "Cocaine" and turned them into the kind of hard-party anthems that defined rock for a long period of time. And Lynyrd Skynyrd took the easy-shuffling "Breeze" and supercharged it with a three-guitar attack that made it a hit.
Cale, the singer-songwriter and producer known as the main architect of the Tulsa Sound, passed away Friday night at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, Calif. His manager, Mike Kappus, said Cale died of a heart attack. He was 74... http://news.yahoo.com/musician-jj-cale-dies-wrote-clapton-skynyrd-hits-160728124.html