American singer, musician, songwriterDied when: 74 years 233 days (895 months)
Star Sign: Sagittarius
John Weldon "J.J." Cale (December 5, 1938 – July 26, 2013) was an American guitarist, singer, songwriter and music engineer.Though he avoided the limelight, his influence as a musical artist has been widely acknowledged by figures such as Mark Knopfler, Neil Young and Eric Clapton, who described him as "one of the most important artists in the history of rock".
He is considered to be one of the originators of the Tulsa sound, a loose genre drawing on blues, rockabilly, country, and jazz.
In 2008, Cale and Clapton received a Grammy Award for their album The Road to Escondido.