Self-described "semiretired," reclusive singer/songwriter J.J. Cale's songs have been covered by artists ranging from Johnny Cash to Captain Beefheart. But his trademark sinuous, bluesy guitar lines and mumbly, near-whispered vocals have been popularized by Dire Straits and Eric Clapton; the latter's versions of "After Midnight" and "Cocaine" have become radio hits. Cale took up the guitar at age 10. After playing in a succession of Tulsa, Oklahoma, bands (one group included Leon Russell) during high school, he went on the road in 1959 and played in the Grand Ole Opry road company. By the early ’60s, he was back in Tulsa playing with Russell, and in 1964 the two moved to L.A. with fellow Oklahoma native Carl Radle (later of Derek and the Dominos). Cale hooked up with Delaney and Bonnie, and by 1965 he was recording on his own, including the first release of “After Midnight.” He left Delaney and Bonnie and in 1967 returned to Tulsa. Radle passed on some of Cale's homemade demo tapes to Denny Cordell, and Cale became one of the first signings of Cordell and Russell’s Shelter Records in 1969. Following Clapton’s 1970 success with “After Midnight” (#18), Cale recorded Naturally in 1972, from which “Crazy Mama” went to #22. “Magnolia,” also on that album, was later covered by Poco and José Feliciano. Throughout the ’70s, Cale recorded and toured at a leisurely pace. Cale moved to Mercury Records in 1982, releasing two albums, Grasshopper (#149, 1982) and #8 (1983). Disappointed by their sales, he asked to be released from his contract. He spent the next six years living in a mobile home outside L.A., emerging only for an annual tour. Cale released two albums on Silvertone, a U.K.-based independent label, Travelog (#131, 1990) and Number 10 (1992). He also produced John Hammond’s Got Love If You Want It (1992) and Trouble No More (1994). Closer to You (1994) and Guitar Man (1996) continued Cale’s trademark laid-back bluesy songwriting. - from The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll (Simon & Schuster, 2001)
J.J.CALE - Chronicle One & Two (1996) 1, 2, 3, 4.
CHRONICLE ONE: 01. Crazy Mama 02. Clyde 03. Don't Go To Stranger 04. Right Down Here 05. Lies 06. Changes 07. Crying 08. Everlovin' Woman 09. Starbound 10. Cocaine 11. Hold On 12. You Got Me On So Bad 13. The Woman That Got Away 14. Don't Cry Sister 15. Sensitive Kind 16. Mona 17. Lou-Easy-Ann 18. A Thing Going On 19. Missisippi River 20. City Girls 21. Don't Wait 22. New Orleans 23. Lady Luck 24. Lean On Me 25. Shanghaid
CHRONICLE TWO: 01. Woman In Love 02. Call The Doctor 03. Louisiana Women 04. I Got The Same Old Blues 05. Cajun Moon 06. Super Blue 07. Cherry 08. Fate Of A Fool 09. Downtown L.A. 10. Can't Live Here 11. Driffters Wife 12. Does Your Mama Like To Reggae 13. End Of The Line 14. Change Your Mond 15. River Boat Song 16. Artifical Paradise 17. Passion 18. Jailer 19. Low Rider 20. Slower Baby 21. Like You Used To 22. Hard Love 23. Closer To You 24. Rose In The Garden
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