Throwback Thursday: JJ Cale

JJ CaleThis week for Throwback Thursday, WERS is playing a set of music from JJ Cale in honor of what would have been his 75th birthday.

John Weldon Cale was born on December 5th, 1938 and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Cale had a passion for music and moved out to Los Angeles during the 1960s. Work was hard to find as a musician and Cale almost gave up music entirely, but it was Eric Clapton that gave him a chance. Clapton recorded Cale’s song “After Midnight” in 1970 and two years late Cale came out with his debut album, Naturally. The album allowed Cale to showcase his unique sound which was a mixture of blues, folk, and jazz. His laid back Tulsa Sound made many of the tracks on Naturally to become big radio hits like “Call Me the Breeze”, “Bringing It Back, and Cale’s only Top 40 hit “Crazy Mama”. For almost all of Cale’s fourteen albums spanning from 1972 to 2009, he was his own producer, engineer, and session player. JJ Cale’s songs have been covered by the likes of Eric Clapton, Kansas, John Mayer, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Phish, and Jerry Garcia. Cale passed away due to heart failure in July 2013, but will forever be remembered as one of the originators of the Tulsa Sound.

Celebrate the life of JJ Cale with us today at 5pm for Throwback Thursday, only on 88.9 WERS.

By Blaise Fritsche

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