Singer, Songwriter J.J. Cale Dead From Heart Attack at 74 : The Two-Way : NPR
J.J Cale, whose songs became hits for the likes of Eric Clapton and Lynyrd Skynyrd, has died at age 74 from a heart attack, his management agency’s website announced.
Cale died at about 8:00 p.m. Friday at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, Calif., the Rosebud agency said Saturday.
In 1971, Cale, who was born and raised in Oklahoma, released his debut album, Naturally, while he was already in his 30s. He won a Grammy in 2006 for The Road to Escondido, recorded with Clapton.
But he was always best known as a songwriter for other musicians. His songs “After Midnight” and “Cocaine” became hits for Clapton in 70s and 80s and Lynyrd Skynyrd made “Call Me The Breeze” famous. Johnny Cash, Santana and the Allman Brothers were also among those who covered his songs.