JJ Cale in 2006
JJ Cale in 2006 Wikiemedia Commons

Songwriter behind Eric Clapton and Johnny Cash dies age 74

THE man behind songs performed by Eric Clapton and Johnny Cash, JJ Cale, has died in a California hospital after a heart attack.

A Grammy-award winner, Cale, 74, had a hugely successful career as a songwriter for some of America's greatest performers.

Primarily an influence behind the scenes, Cale won the 2008 Grammy for The Road to Escondido, which he recorded with Clapton.

A statement on Cale's website said he was a lover of animals, encouraging fans to donate to their local animal shelter in his memory.


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