(Sept 12, 2014): J.J. Cale – Fancy Dancer

From the 2004 album, From Tulsa and Back.  A follow up to the Clapton tribute.


The New York Times ran a nice obit on Cale after his death last year.

J. J. Cale, 74, Musician and Songwriter, Dies

J. J. Cale, a musician and songwriter whose blues-inflected rock influenced some of the genre’s biggest names and whose songs were recorded by Eric Clapton and Johnny Cash, among others, died on Friday in the La Jolla neighborhood of San Diego. He was 74.

J. J. Cale died on Friday in La Jolla, Calif. Mr. Cale was best known as the writer of “Cocaine” and “After Midnight,” songs made famous by his collaborator, Eric Clapton.

The cause was a heart attack, a statement posted on his Web site said.

Oklahoma-born, Mr. Cale was an architect of the 1970s Tulsa sound, a blend of rockabilly, blues, country and rock that came to influence the likes of Neil Young and Bryan Ferry. He won a Grammy Award in 2007 for an album with Mr. Clapton, “The Road to Escondido.”

A multi-instrumentalist, Mr. Cale often played all the parts on his albums and mixed the recordings himself.

“Basically, I’m just a guitar player that figured out I wasn’t ever gonna be able to buy dinner with my guitar playing,” Mr. Cale told an interviewer for his official biography. “So I got into songwriting, which is a little more profitable business.”

His songs were also covered by Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Band, Deep Purple, Tom Petty and others.

John Weldon Cale was born on Dec. 5, 1938, in Oklahoma City. Survivors include his wife, Christine Lakeland Cale, and his sister, Joan Cale Sommers.

Mr. Cale recorded “After Midnight” in the mid-1960s, according to the biography, but had retreated to his native Tulsa and “given up on the business part of the record business” by the time Mr. Clapton covered it in 1970. He heard it on the radio that year, he told NPR, “and I went: ‘Oh, boy, I’m a songwriter now. I’m not an engineer or an elevator operator.’ ”

Mr. Cale released an album, “Naturally,” in 1972, to capitalize on that success, and continued to tour and release new music until 2009. But he declined to put his image on most of his album covers and kept his vocals low amid the instruments on his recordings. He developed a reputation as a private figure and a musician’s musician.

“I’d like to have the fortune,” he said in his biography, “but I don’t care too much about the fame.”

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