The singer-songwriter released 14 solo albums starting with 1972′s Naturally. His most recent outing was 2009′s Roll On. He was a pioneer of the Tulsa sound – an amalgamation of blues, country and jazz known for its laid-back feel.
Eric Clapton was a fan, recording a cover of Cale’s 1976 track Cocaine after having previously released a take of After Midnight. Cale’s songs were also covered by acts as diverse as Captain Beefheart, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Carlos Santana, Kansas and Tom Petty.
A statement on his official website says: “JJ Cale passed away at 8.00pm 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, donations can be made to your favourite local animal shelter.”