07-28-2013, 04:30 AM
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Yesterday, one of my favourite music artists passed away.

J. J. Cale died in a hospital in La Jolla from a heart attack. He was 74.

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I've been listening to his stuff for years. While he's better known as a songwriter whose songs were covered by Eric Clapton, Santana, etc., I started off listening to him because I was browsing through a CD store and liked the CD cover. Biggrin

Since that point, I've listened to all of his music. Of course, 'Cocaine', 'After Midnight' and his other famous songs are great, but there were a lot of songs that never made the charts that were equally good. He's been called a pioneer of the Tulsa sound, but like a lot of people, I think his music is just laid-back and cool. Excellent driving, background listening - fun, without being bland. He never seemed to want the fame, though he admitted to being happy with the money. Wink

His albums were uneven, with some songs being unremarkable. So, if you're looking for a place to start with his music, I'd suggest the compilation double-CD, 'Anyway the wind blows'. It really is excellent.

RIP, J. J. Cale. Thanks for the music.........you'll live forever in the tunes you crafted.

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 07-28-2013, 05:28 AM
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Yohann, well stated. He was one of the pioneers.

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 07-28-2013, 06:25 AM
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I saw that in the L.A. Times this morning. Celestino had turned me onto J.J. Cale about a year ago. Another good one gone.

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 07-28-2013, 06:26 AM
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Really sorry to hear of his passing!

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 07-28-2013, 09:37 AM
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I never heard of him until the L.A. Times obituary yesterday. While I have certainly heard the song After Midnight, I have never heard of anything called Cocaine. Perhaps there are other songs of his with which I am familiar but just never realized who the writer was.

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 07-28-2013, 09:45 AM
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Don't know the guy, but he looks like a mean cool fella' Cool

I'm slowly reaching an age where some of the heroes from my youth are starting to pass away......

It will not get better as I age Confused

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 07-28-2013, 09:56 AM
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Yeah, I've experienced my music idols die over the years too.

About two decades ago, I really wanted to go see the 'Highwaymen' when they were touring. That supergroup consisted of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. Of course, I didn't make the time and then Waylon died, and a few years later, Johnny Cash died too. It's a pity but you can't go back.

I've seen Willie in concert, and would love to see him again before he heads across the borderline.

One of the most heartbreaking stories is the one my brother tells of the time he got tickets to go see Stephane Grappelli (an iconic jazz violinist) in New York. He was a grad student and the tickets represented a sizable proportion of his available income at the time. The show had to be canceled because of Grappelli's ill-health. He never recovered from that illness and died a while later, so my brother is still mourning for his missed opportunity.

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 07-28-2013, 10:06 AM
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Don't forget Roy Orbison, he was part of the Highwaymen also. He has also left us. One of my all time favorites.

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 07-28-2013, 10:08 AM
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Roy Orbison was in the Highwaymen? I knew he was part of the Traveling Wilburys, but not that he sang with the Highwaymen.

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 07-28-2013, 10:11 AM
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I stand corrected, it was not the Highwaymen. It was the Traveling Wilburys.

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 07-28-2013, 10:17 AM
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(07-28-2013, 10:11 AM)Johnny Wrote: I stand corrected, it was not the Highwaymen. It was the Traveling Wilburys.

Ah! That was a great group. Didn't they have two lineups? 'If you belonged to me' is one of my favourite songs.

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 07-28-2013, 10:43 AM
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That's sad... I've met JJ Cale's music when I was seventeen or so. I really like it Sad

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 07-28-2013, 11:06 AM
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(07-28-2013, 10:17 AM)yohannrjm Wrote:
(07-28-2013, 10:11 AM)Johnny Wrote: I stand corrected, it was not the Highwaymen. It was the Traveling Wilburys.

Ah! That was a great group. Didn't they have two lineups? 'If you belonged to me' is one of my favourite songs.


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 07-28-2013, 11:26 AM
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R.I.P. JJ

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 07-29-2013, 09:22 AM
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A truly great troubadour! Excellent lyrics and music! Heart

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