Songwriter JJ Cale dies at 74
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.
Neil Young, Mark Knopfler and Bryan Ferry are among his many fans in the music world.
A former member of the Grand Ole Opry touring company, Cale never rose to the level of success of his admirers, but his fingerprints could be heard all over the genre in the 1970s, and his music remains influential.
His album with Eric Clapton "The Road to Escondido" won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album in 2007.
In 2006, Cale told the AP in an interview "I'd probably be selling shoes today if it wasn't for Eric."
Clapton also recorded Cale's "Cocaine," ''Travelin' Light" and "I'll Make Love To You Anytime."
Artists including Santana, Johnny Cash and The Allman Brothers have all covered Cale's songs.
Cale was asked on his website if it bothers him that "contemporaries and critics list him amongst legends, and fans might love his songs yet not even know his name?"
"No, it doesn't bother me," he said with a laugh. "What's really nice is when you get a check in the mail."
- Al Goldstein, combative pornographer, dies 12/19/13
- 'Lawrence of Arabia' star Peter O'Toole dies at 81 12/15/13
- Retired state Justice Tom Chambers dead at 70 12/12/13
- Tuskegee airman William Booker of Kirkland dead at 90 12/11/13
- Paul Walker tribute expected to attract thousands 12/7/13
- Mandela to be buried at state funeral Dec. 15 12/6/13
- Mandela regretted being portrayed as saint 12/5/13
- Universal shuts down 'Fast & Furious 7' production 12/4/13
Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.