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JJ Cale dies at 74

Staff Writer
Austin 360

By Peter Mongillo

Editor’s note: This article was originally published July 27, 2013

Musician and songwriter JJ Cale, who wrote hits for Eric Clapton and Lynyrd Skynyrd, died Friday of a heart attack. He was 74.

From the AP:

“LA JOLLA, Calif. (AP) — Grammy-winning musician JJ Cale, whose best known songs became hits for Eric Clapton with “After Midnight” and Lynyrd Skynyrd with “Call Me the Breeze,” has died. He was 74.

The performer and producer’s manager Mike Kappus has told The Associated Press that the architect of the Tulsa Sound died Friday night of a heart attack at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, Calif.

Born John Weldon Cale in Oklahoma City, he cut a wide path through 1970s rock ‘n’ roll, influencing some of the most famous musicians at the time with songs that were laid back and mellow, yet imbued with a driving groove.”