Dryw Keltz 4:20 p.m., Aug. 20
RIP Escondido bluesman JJ Cale
Eric Clapton collaborator was 74.
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.”