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Wednesday, August 7, 2013


JJ Cale with Eric Clapton at the Crossroads Guitar Festival, 2004
GONE WITH THE WIND--JJ Cale, songwriter, performer, who is credited with founding the Tulsa Sound in music along with fellow Oklahoman Leon Russell, died in La Jolla July 26, 2013.

Cover of JJ Cale's Grammy winning album, 2006
As a writer, others made Cale’s song’s famous such as Eric Clapton’s “After Midnight,” “Cocaine,” and Lynyrd Skynyrd “Call me the Breeze.”  Cale did win a Grammy Award on his own for best contemporary blues album “Road to Escondido” with Eric Clapton in 2006.  The latter album included the hit “Anyway the Wind Blows.”

JJ Cale died of a heart attack.  He was 74.

For a terrific video from the Crossroads Guitar Festival, 2004 go to

The Crossroads Guitar Festival is a music festival and benefit concert first held in 2004 and again in 2007 and 2010. The festivals benefit the Crossroads Centre founded by Eric Clapton, a drug treatment center located in St. John’s, Antigua, West Indies. The concerts are also intended to be a showcase for a variety of guitarists. All were hand-picked by Eric Clapton himself, who addressed the 2007 audience, saying that each were some of the very best, and those who had earned his respect. The most recent festival was held on April 12-13, 2013, at Madison Square Garden.

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