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Longtime local bluesman JJ Cale, who moved to Valley Center in Escondido in 1989, passed away on Friday, July 26, at Scripps Hospital after suffering a heart attack. He was 74 years old. “Cocaine” and “After Midnight” were among his many songs recorded by Eric Clapton, who he first met in 1975.

Clapton spent a week visiting Cale in Escondido in August 2005, where they worked on the album The Road to Escondido. Clapton’s most recent album Old Sock includes Cale singing and playing guitar on the song “Angel.”

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Yankeedoodle July 27, 2013 @ 3:09 p.m.

I once saw JJ Cale in Austin, Texas. The band members came out in dim light, setting up the stage for him while everybody waited quietly. Kept waiting, wondering when he was going to appear. Then the music began...he was one of the guys setting up, sitting on the edge of the stage. Nice touch.


Bob_Hudson July 27, 2013 @ 9:11 p.m.

Just one point: Valley Center is in "Valley Center." It is near Escondido, maybe even next to it, but not in it, which is why Valley Center has a road TO Escondido.

You have to wonder if they took Clapton to Valley Center by the back way so he wouldn't have to see East Valley Parkway and wonder "Where the hell are they taking me?"


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