Musician J.J. Cale Dies

    FILE - In this June 5, 2004 file photo, singer-songwriter J.J. Cale plays during the Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas, Texas. 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. Caleís manager Mike Kappus said the architect of the Tulsa Sound died Friday, July 26, 2013 of a heart attack at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

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    Musician J.J. Cale, singer and author of the iconic songs “After Midnight” and “Cocaine,” died Friday of a heart attack. He was 74. Originally from Oklahoma, Cale, a self-taught guitarist, had struggled as a musician until “After Midnight” was picked up by Eric Clapton in 1970. Cale said that after he heard it, he thought “Oh man, I might stay with the music business.” Cale was famously publicity-shy, not appearing on his own album covers for 15 years and turning down an invitation to the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. Cale’s songs have been covered not only by Clapton but also Waylon Jennings, Carlos Santana, and Randy Crawford. The musician Beck has said Cale influenced his work.

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