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Musician, Songwriter JJ Cale Dead At 74

7/28/2013 10:08am EDT
JJ Cale
The much celebrated Grammy Award-winning songwriter and singer JJ Cale died on Friday at the age of 74.

The musician passed away at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, California after suffering a heart attack, according to an announcement on his personal website.

Born John Weldon Cale in Oklahoma, he adopted the name JJ Cale to avoid being confused with John Cale of the Velvet Underground and helped create the Tulsa Sound, a musical style which combined blues, rockabilly, and country.

Cale was a well known by many big time musicians. He became famous in the 1970s, when Eric Clapton covered hi...

Eric Clapton Makes Millions In Charity Guitar Sale

3/10/2011 10:14am EST
Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton has raised a staggering $2.2 million for charity by selling off his guitar collection.

The rock legend announced back in December that he would be auctioning off more than 70 of his prized instruments and 55 amplifiers to help fund the rehab center he set up in the Caribbean.

The 138 lots, which included guitars donated by stars including Jeff Beck, JJ Cale, and Joe Bonamassa, went under the hammer at Bonhams in New York on Wednesday and raised millions of dollars for The Crossroads Center in Antigua.

A 1948 Gibson guitar was the priciest item, selling for $83,000.


Eric Clapton To Release 2-CD Set 'Complete Clapton' And Autobiography Oct. 9

10/2/2007 1:53pm EDT
Eric Clapton
After a busy year filled with a world tour, an epic guitar festival and a highly-anticipated autobiography, comes the ultimate career CD retrospective for the artist known as Slowhand.

Complete Clapton will be a 2-disc career-spanning album released by Reprise Records on October 9, 2007, the same day as Clapton, The Autobiography is released to bookstores nationwide. This will be the first time the full breadth of Eric Clapton's musical works are contained in one set.

Clapton's career has endured for more than 40 years, resulting in 18 Grammy Awards and he has earned the distinct...

New CD Reviews, November 7, 2006 (Keith Urban, Josh Groban, Eric Clapton, Frank Zappa & more)

11/6/2006 9:58pm EST
JJ Cale & Eric Clapton - Road to Escondido
CD releases this week include new albums from Eric Clapton & J.J. Cale, Keith Urban, Josh Groban and Sugarland; a previously unreleased Frank Zappa album; box sets from Frank Sinatra and The Bee Gees; and much more. Continue reading for reviews, info and tracklistings...

Frank Zappa - Trance-Fusion
When Frank Zappa died in 1993, he had spent much of his remaining time and energy completing a number of projects before the end finally came. Why the majority of them are still unreleased as of late 2006 is anybody's guess, but perhaps the long awaited release of Trance-Fusion is a good sig...

Guitar Legends JJ Cale and Eric Clapton Unite For An Epic, Soulful CD: "The Road To Escondido"

10/27/2006 12:56pm EDT
Eric Clapton
After years of admiring each other's musical masterworks and Clapton covers of Cale songs such as "After Midnight" and "Cocaine," guitar greats J.J. Cale and Eric Clapton have teamed up for the first time to create an original album together, The Road To Escondido. The 14 track CD was produced and recorded by the duo in August 2005 in California. The resulting music defies being labeled into any one category, but instead finds influence across the spectrum of blues, rock, country and folk. A hybrid sound that is unique musically, while still bearing the signature styles of Cale and Clap...

Celebrity Birthdays, December 5

12/5/2005 3:00am EST
Frankie Muniz
Happy Birthday to "Malcolm in the Middle" star Frankie Muniz (1985), comedienne Margaret Cho (1968), country singer Gary Allan (1967), Goo Goo Doll John Rzeznik (1965), actress and 80s hottie Morgan Brittany (1951), singer/songwriter Jim Messina (1947), Spanish tenor Jose Carreras (1946), guitarist JJ Cale (1938), American singer Little Richard (1932), film director Otto Preminger (1906; d. 1986), animator Walt Disney (1901; d. 1966), Metropolis director Fritz Lang (1890; d. 1976), American general George Armstrong Custer (1839; d. 1876), and 8th President of the United States Martin Van Bu...