Grammy Winner J.J. Cale Dies

Influential musician J.J. Cale, who won a Grammy in 2007 for "The Road to Escondido," has died at age 74.

Influential musician J.J. Cale, whose best-known songs became hits for Eric Clapton ("After Midnight") and Lynyrd Skynyrd ("Call Me the Breeze") has died. He was 74.

Cale's manager, Mike Kappu,s has told The Associated Press that the architect of the Tulsa Sound died Friday of a heart attack at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla.

The Oklahoma native cut a wide path through 1970s rock & roll, influencing some of the most famous musicians at the time with songs that were laid-back and mellow, yet imbued with a driving groove.

Cale eventually made his home in Valley Center and his ties to the region were made obvious when he released an album with Clapton titled The Road to Escondido. The pair received a Grammy in 2007 for Best Contemporary Blues album.

A former member of the Grand Ole Opry touring company, Cale never rose to the level of success of his admirers, but his fingerprints could be heard all over the genre in the 1970s, and his music remains influential.

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