J.J.Cale – His Music Career That Almost Didn’t Happen [VIDEO]
A songwriter we lost this year who had many of his songs covered by some of the greats in the music business like Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, John Mayer, Dr.Hook and Waylon Jennings just to name a few.J.J. Cale was great in the studio as well, one of the best at being a recording mixer and engineer.
J.J.Cale had released one live album and 14 studio albums between the years of 1972 – 2009, however; he did question his own career.
An Oklahoma native born in 1938 who early in his career went by the name Johnny Cale initially in his career, eventually shortened it to J.J. Cale as a nickname as there was a John Cale (founder of The Velvet Underground) already out there, no confusion there.
J.J. graduated in 1956 from high school in Tulsa, Oklahoma and like a lot of artist headed to Los Angeles to get his music career underway as a recording artist. Until his music career was actually able to take off he managed to get a job as a studio engineer.
The gates opened up for him, from 1958 to 1966 he recorded six non-album singles (his own material), four of which were solo and two as The Johnny Cale Quintet which was a rockabilly group. One of the songs would become in correlation to another artist, none of the other songs did much at all.
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The Johnny Cale Quintet, performing live, “Ain’t That Loving You Baby”: