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JJ Cale dies, aged 74

RHIAN JONES
JJ Cale

Grammy-winning musician JJ Cale has died of a heart attack aged 74.

The musician, whose body of work includes hits such as Eric Clapton’s After Midnight and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Call Me the Breeze, passed away on Friday night (July 26).

Cale worked with a string of artists during the 1970s, and his album with Eric Clapton The Road to Escondido won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album in 2007. 

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.

Emmanuel de Buretel from Because Music, who worked on Cale's 2009 album Roll On, said in a statement:
 
"The Because Music team wish to express their profound sadness at the news of the passing of the artist JJ Cale.

"One of the most talented writers and composers to come out of the American tradition, his songs 'Cocaine' and 'After Midnight' were the most well known.

"His talent and modesty set him part as an artist and a human being. Because Music s extremely proud to have released his last album 'Roll On'.

"We send our deepest condolences to his family and those close to him."

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