RIP JJ Cale

Yesterday, legendary musician JJ Cale — best known for writing  “Cocaine” and “After Midnight,” both made famous by Eric Clapton — passed away from a heart attack at 74 years old.

While plans for a memorial service have not yet been announced — the following message has been posted on his website:

JJ Cale Has Passed Away

JJ Cale passed away at 8:00 pm on Friday July 26
at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, CA.

The legendary singer / songwriter had suffered a heart attack.
There are no immediate plans for services.
His history is well documented at JJCale.com, rosebudus.com/cale,
and in the documentary, To Tulsa And Back.

Donations are not needed but he was a great lover of animals so, if you like,
you can remember him with a donation to your favorite local animal shelter.

Cale’s extensive portfolio consists of 14 albums with a number of songs covered by a wide range of artists.  Cale also made considerable contributions to Clapton’s 2006 album The Road to Escondido which went on to win a Grammy in 2008.

While you may not have heard of him, his influence cannot be understated.

Check out the videos below of artists covering his songs.

Cocaine, Eric Clapton:

 

I Got the Same Old Blues, Lynryd Skynrd:

 

Louisiana Women, Waylon Jennings:

 

I’d Like to Love You, Baby, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers:

 

Sensitive Kind, Carlos Santana:

 

Cajun Moon, Randy Crawford:

Call Me The Breeze, Johnny Cash:

 

Ride Me High, Widespread Panic:

 

Tijuana, Harry Manx:

 

After Midnight, Eric Clapton:

Hurricane Sandy Benefit: Paul McCartney Fronts Nirvana

Oh this is just so many levels of wrong and before this even airs, my eyes are bleeding and brain is screaming

CANNOT UNSEE!

I am sure musicologists can cite all sort of reasons about parallel complex harmonies in the Beatles and Nirvana, and critics can reel off both bands’  influences on society. But that doesn’t stop that fact that Paul McCartney, who dyes his hair a really ugly shade of Arnuld Schwarzenegger brown (which used to be called Ronald Reagan auburn–can’t these rich dudes afford a decent colorist?), and is like, not really that angry a guy (unless he can channel his Heather Mills divorce rage) will be fronting Nirvana. I mean it’s cool that he’s 70 and still wants to like be in a band. But NIRVANA?!

Except it’s not Nirvana, really, it’s some thrown together jam, and they will be playing a new song, if you can believe UK tabloid, The Sun. (Numerous news reports have confirmed that McCartney will be joining Nirvana)

Granted it will get us to watch. But still, really…WTF was anybody thinking?

How about SNOOP DOGG. Singing “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Or  “About a Girl.” Or “Clean Up Before She Comes.” Or “Come As You Are.” Now that would have been bad ass.  But no, according to The Sun, it will be a new song.

Sir Paul said he rang Dave Grohl [now Foo Fighter, formerly Nirvana's drummer]who asked him to come along to “jam with some mates”. Macca had suggested they “just make something up”

Make something up?! WTF?

He jammed with Grohl on drums, bassist Krist [Novoselic] and guitarist member Pat Smear and then, The Sun reports, Paul said:

I didn’t really know who they were. They are saying how good it is to be back together. I said ‘Whoa? You guys haven’t played together for all that time?’ And somebody whispered to me ‘That’s Nirvana. You’re Kurt.’ I couldn’t believe it.

Yo, Paul. Kurt’s dead. And according to some rumors, so are you.Billboard, which will be live streaming the event beginning at 7:30 ET, says:

The Hurricane Sandy Benefit  will feature performances by Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Eddie Vedder, The Who, Roger Waters and Paul McCartney. For over four hours, music’s brightest stars will scorch the stage to benefit the Robin Hood Foundation, which will aid disaster victims following this fall’s super-storm.


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