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Musician JJ Cale dies; wrote Clapton, Skynyrd hits

In this June 5, 2004 photo, singer-songwriter J.J. Cale plays during the Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas, Texas. Cale, whose best-known songs became hits for Eric Clapton with “After Midnight” and Lynyrd Skynyrd with “Call Me the Breeze,” has died. He was 74. Cale’s manager Mike Kappus said the architect of the Tulsa Sound died Friday, July 26, 2013 of a heart attack at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File) If musicians were measured not by the number of records they sold but by the number of peers they influenced, JJ Cale would have been a towering figure in 1970s rock ‘n’ roll. His best songs like “After Midnight,” ”Cocaine” and “Call Me the Breeze” were towering hits — for other artists. Eric Clapton took “After Midnight” and “Cocaine” and turned them into the kind of hard-party anthems that defined rock for a long period of time. And Lynyrd Skynyrd took the easy-shuffling “Breeze” and supercharged it with a three-guitar attack that made it a hit.