J.J. Cale: 3 Performances That Show He Was More Than a Songwriter (Video)

Others made some of his songs famous, but he knew his way around a tune

Last Updated: July 24, 2014 @ 11:42 AM

Singer-songwriter J.J. Cale, who died Friday night at the age of 74, was renowned in the industry for his work as collaborator, most notably with Eric Clapton, Santana and Tom Petty. His most well-known songs were sung by others, but the Oklahoma-born musician had a distinctive performing style that very much stood on its own. Here he is performing his biggest hit, 1972's "Crazy Mama," and his take on a couple of songs that Clapton made famous:

"Crazy Mama"


'After Midnight'

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