Hi, All,

J.J. Cale died of a heart attack on July 26th. He was a master of laid-back rock and roll. When I was learning to play bass in the 1980s, his recordings were my practice staples. Later, when I was learning to play lead electric guitar, I turned to JJ's recordings. I have all 11 of his vinyl LPs.

His main claim to fame was as a song-writer. Several of his songs were mega-hits for Eric Clapton and Lynyrd Skynyrd (After Midnight, Call Me the Breeze, Cocaine) and others were covered by Neil Young, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Mark Knopfler, and the Allman Brothers. I included Call Me the Breeze on my recent All Aboard album. 

My favorite JJ song is Cajun Moon. I like it so much that I patterned the melody for my song Long-Time Love after it.

JJ was an unpretentious star who liked to perform in small clubs. To get a sense of him as a magnificent song-writer with a light touch and impeccable timing on the guitar, you can see him on Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival CDs and on To Tulsa and Back: On Tour with J.J. Cale, a 2 1/2-hour documentary/concert video.

There is a big hole in my heart today, but it is filled with thoughts of JJ's music. No greater tribute could be made to a songwriter.




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