J.J. Cale dies; songwriter behind 'Cocaine' and 'After Midnight' was 74

jj-cale-songwriter-dies.jpgGrammy-winning songwriter J.J. Cale, who wrote the Eric Clapton hits "Cocaine" and "After Midnight" and Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Call Me the Breeze," died at the age of 74 Friday (July 26) in Los Jolla, Calif., his manager Mike Kappus tells the AP.

Cale was born in Oklahoma City and was one of the architects of the Tulsa Sound, a combination of rock, country and jazz that took him to eventually writing popular hits and playing in the touring company for the Grand Ole Opry.

In addition to the above songs, Cale's works have been performed by Kansas, Carlos Santana, Johnny Cash and Tom Petty, among a host of other artists. Cale won a Grammy in 2007 for the album "The Road to Escondido," on which he collaborated with Clapton.

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