Not really Golf related, but in case you didn’t hear or read about it, JJ Cale, the singer/songwriter behind Crazy Mama and a number of great covers, died on Friday of a heart attack in San Diego at the age of 74. I didn’t get turned on this man until Eric Clapton covered his songs – After Midnight on Eric’s debut solo album and “Cocaine” on the Slowhand CD and the Lynyrd Skynyrd cover of “Call Me The Breeze” – all great anthems for Rock’s 2nd generation. Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits, Neil Young and Eno’s Bryan Ferry considered him as an influence, Carlos Santana, Jerry Garcia, Tom Petty, The Allman Brothers, Johnny Cash and Captain Beefheart all performed covers, but Clapton’s were probably the most commercially successful. “I’ve never sold a lot of records,” Mr. Cale told the San Diego Union-Tribune in 1990. “My music’s gotten much more famous than me.”
Thanks for the words and music you wrote and for bringing the “Tulsa Sound” to an entire generation. Your fans appreciate your lyrical contributions and we hope to see your plaque in Cleveland someday.