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JJ Cale Dead at Age 74

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He died last week, but this was a really good article on him




If guitar players were voted by juries of their peers, JJ Cale ? who died Friday at age 74 ? would surely be canonized among rock's all-time six-string top 10. Of course, one reason his fellow pickers revered him is among the same reasons he wasn't as well-known to the masses: he was a master of minimalism.


"I was tired of the 'guitar hero' thing," wrote Eric Clapton in his autobiography, recalling his transition to a lower-key style on his first solo album, "and I was starting to follow the example of JJ Cale." In another interview, Clapton said, "I was tired of gymnastic guitar playing, and when I listened to JJ Cale records, I was impressed by the subtlety, by what wasn?t being played."





This guy was a true pioneer and legend in the industry. Eric Clapton is probably one of my favorites guitarists of all-time, and the magic he created with Cale is just extraordinary.

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