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Remembering J.J. Cale

 
Remembering J.J. Cale

J.J. Cale, the guitarist & songwriter that was such an inspiration to Eric Clapton died at the age of 74 a couple of weeks ago.

Although he's released 15 albums of his own, he is possibly best known as the songwriter behind Clapton's  "After Midnight" and "Cocaine", as well as Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Call Me The Breeze".

He's a guy who could do it all in the music biz.  Producer, engineer, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, you name it.  He is known to have recorded all of the parts himself on some of his albums.

Last week on Amnesia Theater, we featured the J.J. Cale song Travlin' Light, which has been covered by Clapton and by Widespread Panic.

I ran across this rare concert footage that features J.J. Cale and Eric Clapton playing "After Midnight" and "Call Me The Breeze" together.  A rare glimpse into his amazing talent.

You know you're pretty awesome when Eric Clapton takes RHYTHM. :-)

I also wanted to share my all time favorite J.J. Cale song.  This one is sort of a New Orleans Love Song with a laid back feel that just really strikes a nerve and sets a mood.  I totally LOVE this song!

Is it my imagination, or does this song take on a whole new feel since we heard of JJ Cale's passing?  Hmm...

Whippoorwill's singing
Soft summer breeze
Makes me think of my baby
I left down in New Orleans
I left down in New Orleans
Magnolia, you sweet thing
You're driving me mad
Got to get back to you, babe
You're the best I ever had
You're the best I ever had
You whisper "Good morning"
So gently in my ear
I'm coming home to you, babe
I'll soon be there
I'll soon be there

Rest in peace, my friend...You will be missed.

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