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JJ Cale, songwriter behind Clapton, dies

2013-07-27 19:03

Los Angeles - Grammy-winning singer-songwriter JJ Cale, whose music was made famous by Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Johnny Cash and others, has died in California aged 74.

He died at a hospital in La Jolla, California, after suffering a heart attack, according to a statement.

The Oklahoma native, who made music for more than 50 years, wrote Clapton's hit songs After Midnight and Cocaine, both covered by the rock star in the 1970s.

The pair later recorded an album together, 2006's The Road to Escondido, which earned Cale his Grammy.

Cale also wrote Call Me the Breeze, which was covered by southern hard-rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd on their 1974 album Second Helping, as well as by Johnny Cash.

Other artists and groups that have recorded Cale's work include Santana, The Allman Brothers, and The Band.

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