" Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter JJ Cale, one of the most versatile musicians of his era who played guitar and spanned music genres from rock 'n' roll to blues and jazz, has died after suffering a heart attack at the age of 74.Cale passed away on Friday at a hospital in La Jolla, California,
according to a statement on his website.
"Donations are not needed but he was a great lover of animals so, if you like, you can remember him with a donation to your favourite local animal shelter," the statement said.
Cale won a Grammy in 2008 for The Road to Escondido, which he recorded with singer-songwriter Eric Clapton.
While he never attained Clapton's level of stardom, he had a wide-ranging influence, particularly his style of playing the guitar and the songs he wrote for music legends.
In a Vanity Fair interview several years ago, Clapton said Cale was the living person he admired most.
Singer-songwriter Neil Young once said "of all the players I ever heard, it's got to be Hendrix and JJ Cale who are the best electric guitar players."
|"of all the players I ever heard, it's got to be Hendrix and JJ Cale" Neil Young|
Music was a lifelong vocation for the guitarist, producer, engineer, singer and songwriter.
In the 1970s he wrote Clapton's hit songs After Midnight and Cocaine.
Cale also wrote Call Me the Breeze, which was covered by southern hard-rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1974, as well as by Johnny Cash.
Other artists and groups that have recorded Cale's work include Santana, The Allman Brothers, and The Band.
His last studio album, Roll On, was released in 2009.
At the time of its release Cale said he remembered when he made his first album.
"I was 32 or 33-years-old and I thought I was way too old then," he said.
"When I see myself doing this at 70, I go, 'what am I doing, I should be laying down in a hammock'."
More recently Cale wrote the song Angel on Eric Clapton's latest album, released last March.
He performed guest guitar and vocals on the track."
|John Weldon Cale (December 5, 1938 – July 26, 2013)|