Thursday, April 18, 2024

JJ Cale, Writer of “Cocaine” and “After Midnight,” Dead at 74


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.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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