JJ Cale was a great Oklahoma bluesman and essential guitarist who finally rose to fame in 1970 thanks to Eric Clapton. Cale’s songs, “Cocaine” and “After Midnight” became Clapton hits and put Cale on the map at last. He died yesterday in La Jolla, California at age 74 from a heart attack. If you have Spotify or Pandora, check out The Definitive JJ Cale to hear his incredibly important and influential songs. Of course, he is not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, because that would mean they understood where everything came from.