— K Smith (@Smith83K) July 27, 2013
J.J. Cale, the man behind countless hits over the past 50 years has tragically died of a heart attack at age 74, reports The Chicago Tribune.
Here’s what you need to know about this legend…
1. Cale’s is One of Popular Music’s Most Covered Artists
Cale’s songs have been covered by Johnny Cash, Kansas, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Santana, Tom Petty, Waylon Jennings and Captain Beefheart. His most successful solo song was “Crazy Mama” that peaked at No.22 on the Billboard Chart in 1972.
2. His Death Was Announced via a Simple Message That Reflected His Simple Career
His death of a heart attack at 74 in Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, California. Cale’s passing was announced via a simple message on his website which read:
We’ve lost a great artist and a great person.
3. His Career Really Took Off in 1964
Cale’s career began in the world of honky-tonk in his home state of Oklahoma. His career really took off when he moved to Los Angeles in 1964 when he recorded “After Midnight.” That song became Eric Clapton’s first solo hit when he covered it.
4. He Never Wanted the Limelight
He was very content with his career in the background. He told the Chicago Sun-Times in 1990:
I’m a background person, I’m not a household name. People have heard my music, but all my famous songs were made famous by somebody else. . . . But that was my goal.
5. His One Tweet is the Stuff of Legends
His Twitter account features just one tweet from 2009 but it’s one of the greatest tweets of all time:
I make rock n roll records
— JJ Cale (@SlowerBaby) March 7, 2009