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J.J. Cale (1938–2013)

John Weldon "JJ" Cale was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he graduated in 1956 from Tulsa Central High School. In the early 1960s he moved to Los Angeles, along with a number of other Tulsa musicians (known for their "Tulsa Sound"), where he worked as a studio engineer. His nickname "JJ" was given to him by ... See full bio »

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 2014 Late Night with Seth Meyers (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Lena Dunham/Anthony Mackie/John Mayer Trio (2014) ... (writer: "After Midnight" - uncredited)
 2013 Cuéntame (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- La tentación está arriba (2013) ... (writer: "Cocaine")
  Divorce (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2013) (writer - 1 episode, 2013)
- Episode #1.5 (2013) ... (performer: "Call the Doctor") / (writer: "Call the Doctor")
 2010 Barney's Version (performer: "River Runs Deep") / (writer: "River Runs Deep")
 2009 Extract (writer: "(I Got The) Same Old Blues")
 2009 Middle Men (writer: "Cocaine")
  Breaking Bad (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2009) (writer - 1 episode, 2009)
- Seven Thirty-Seven (2009) ... (performer: "Any Way the Wind Blows") / (writer: "Any Way the Wind Blows")
 2009 Watchmen (writer: "Clyde")
 2008 Lynyrd Skynyrd: Live at Freedom Hall (TV Movie) (writer: "Call Me The Breeze")
 2008 Role Models (writer: "Call Me the Breeze")
 2008 Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Round 3 (2008) ... (writer: "Call Me the Breeze" - uncredited)
 2008 Men in Trees (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Home Seized Home (2008) ... (performer: "Rollin'" - uncredited)
 2007 The Education of Charlie Banks (performer: "Everything Will Be Alright") / (writer: "Everything Will Be Alright")
 2007 Wild Hogs (writer: "Call Me the Breeze")
 2006 Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector (writer: "They Call Me the Breeze" - as John W. Cale)
 2006 Atomised (writer: "Cocaine")
 2005 Lord of War (writer: "Cocaine" (1975))
 2005 The Dukes of Hazzard (writer: "Call Me the Breeze")
 2005 Bad News Bears ("Cocaine")
 2004 Fahrenheit 9/11 (Documentary) (writer: "Cocaine" (1970))
 2004 Starsky & Hutch (writer: "Cocaine")
 2004 Nursie (writer: "Cajun Moon")
 2002 Eric Clapton: One More Car, One More Rider - Live on Tour 2001 (Video documentary) (writer: "Cocaine")
 2002 Sunshine State (writer: "Call Me the Breeze")
 2001 Bandits (performer: "Long Way Home" - uncredited) / (writer: "Long Way Home" - uncredited)
 1999 Grass (Documentary) (performer: "Cocaine") / (writer: "Cocaine")
 1999 A Room for Romeo Brass (performer: "After Midnight") / (writer: "After Midnight")
 1999 That '70s Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- A New Hope (1999) ... (performer: "Cocaine")
 1998 Scrapple (music: "One Step Ahead of the Blues")
 1996 Phenomenon (performer: "A Thing Going On") / (writer: "A Thing Going On")
  Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City (TV Mini-Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1993) (writer - 1 episode, 1993)
- Episode #1.5 (1993) ... (performer: "Cocaine") / (writer: "Cocaine")
 1992 Unlawful Entry (performer: "DON'T GO TO STRANGERS") / (writer: "DON'T GO TO STRANGERS")
 1990 The Cream of Eric Clapton (Video documentary) (writer: "Cocaine")
 1989 The Wonder Years (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Mom Wars (1989) ... (performer: "Nowhere To Run" - uncredited)
 1989 Immediate Family (performer: "Crazy Mama") / (writer: "Crazy Mama")
 1988 Rain Man (writer: "After Midnight" (1966) - uncredited)
 1982 Knight Rider (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Good Day at White Rock (1982) ... (writer: "After Midnight")
 1980 The Midnight Special (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #8.13 (1980) ... (writer: "Clyde")
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Other Works:

CD: "Travel-Log" (Jive) See more »

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1 Interview | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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5' 9" (1.75 m)

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Basically, I'm just a guitar player that figured out I wasn't ever gonna be able to buy dinner with my guitar playing. So I got into songwriting, which is a little more profitable business. See more »


Grammy Award-winning guitarist and songwriter, known for his bluesy, laid-back style. Wrote a number of songs made famous by Eric Clapton ("Cocaine", "After Midnight", "The Road to Escondido"), as well as others covered by Johnny Cash, Lynyrd Skynyrd ("Call Me the Breeze"), Captain Beefheart and the Allman Brothers. See more »

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