Personalities | J.J. Cale | Seventies | Jazz & Blues

(Guitar, vocals, b. 1938)

Cale gigged around his native Tulsa, Oklahoma before moving to LA in 1964. He issued his first record in 1971, after Eric Clapton’s hit with Cale’s ‘After Midnight’. Cale is still known to many only through covers of his songs and has always preferred to stay in the background of the blues scene; this is reflected in his music as he places his vocals way down in the mix, thereby drawing the listener’s attention into the record.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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