Click on the link here for Audio Player – JJ Cale – Live in Concert At Ebbets Field, Denver – Feb. 13, 1975 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
Another sad passing to report – another in the growing list of talent no longer with us. This one is JJ Cale, who left us at 8:00 last night as the result of a fatal heart attack.
Cale is probably best remembered by a lot of people, people of a certain age who had more than the average run of “too-much-fun” nights, as the one who wrote two of the biggest anthems of the 70s – Cocaine and After Midnight, both popularized by Eric Clapton, but both written by the immortal JJ Cale.
On his own he was an incredible talent – giving us the Tulsa Sound which was a loose mash-up of Country, Rockabilly, Blues and Jazz rolled up into one. His music was popularized by more than Eric Clapton, his material was covered by everyone from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Johnny Cash. But it’s his own interpretations I always liked the most. Certainly, in the early 70s Crazy Mama from his Naturally album was on my must-play-daily list. His music and his voice just had that extra edge.
So this weekend, as tribute to the man and his music, I unearthed a copy of this 1975 broadcast from Ebbets Field in Denver – featuring JJ Cale at his best.
Rest in Peace and a heartfelt thanks for all the good times.
- US singer-songwriter JJ Cale dies of heart attack, aged 74 (bbc.co.uk)
- JJ Cale, songwriter behind Cocaine and After Midnight, dies aged 74 (guardian.co.uk)
- Grammy-winning musician JJ Cale dies at 74 (cbc.ca)
- Tulsa Sound songwriter JJ Cale dies (thetimes.co.uk)
- Writer of hits JJ Cale dead at 74 (cnn.com)