J.J. Cale Net Worth

J.J. Cale Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

John W. Cale net worth is
$15 Million

John W. Cale Wiki Biography

John Weldon Cale was born on 5 December 1938, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma USA, and was a singer, songwriter and guitarist, known as one of the most influential music figures in the history of rock – he originated the Tulsa Sound which draws from several genres. All of his efforts helped put his net worth to where it was prior to his passing in 2013.

How rich was JJ Cale? As of mid-2017, sources estimate a net worth that is at $15 million, earned through his success in the music industry. He wrote numerous songs recorded by himself and many other popular artists; he and Eric Clapton also won a Grammy Award for their joint album “The Road to Escondido”, but all of his achievements ensured the position of his wealth.

J.J. Cale Net Worth $15 million

JJ attended Tulsa Central High School and matriculated in 1956. As he was growing up, he studied playing the guitar as well as sound engineering, and later built his own recording studio. He was then drafted into military service and studied at the Air Force Air Training Command. In the 1960s, he moved to Los Angeles and found work as a studio engineer. He created the demo single called “After Midnight” and then found regular work at Whisky a Go Go, but found very little success as a recording artist and eventually returned to Tulsa to join a band.

In 1970, Eric Clapton then recorded a cover of “After Midnight” for this debut album, and this led Cale to create his own album called “Naturally”, which found a lot of popularity and critical praise, plus his guitar skills were also praised by other artists. He found his biggest hit in the single “Crazy Mama” which was released in 1972 – his net worth started to increase significantly In the early ‘80s he became somewhat reclusive, and the release of his album “#8” found little popularity, being poorly received and he then asked to be released from his recording contract. Documentaries were later made about Cale, including “To Tulsa and Back” in which he recounts the time he started promoting “Crazy Mama”. Later on, his catalogue would be published by Fairwood Music (UK).

While JJ found little success as a recording artist, a lot of his songs would eventually find success as they were covered by many other musicians, including “Cocaine” by Eric Clapton, “Call Me the Breeze” by Lynyrd Skynyrd, and “The Sensitive Kind” by Santana; artists such as Phish, Johnny Rivers, and The Band also covered his songs. In 2014, the tribute album entitled “The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale” was released by a collaboration called Eric Clapton & Friends, in which JJ’s songs were covered by Clapton and other artists. His contributions to music and for other artists overall certainly helped increase his net worth even further.

For his personal life, it is known that Cale was married to Christine Lakeland until his death, but their date of marriage is unknown. He credited his musical style to being able to make music himself, including with technology that is used by a lot of people now. He passed away in 2013 at the age of 74 after suffering a heart attack while living in La Jolla, California.

Full NameJ. J. Cale
Net Worth$15 Million
Date Of BirthDecember 5, 1938
DiedJuly 26, 2013, La Jolla, California, United States
Place Of BirthOklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Height5' 9" (1.75 m)
EducationCentral High School
SpouseChristine Lakeland (m. ?–2013)
AwardsGrammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album, Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album
Movies10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads, To Tulsa and Back: On Tour with J.J. Cale, 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads, To Tulsa and Back: On Tour with J.J. Cale
1I used to write more about sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. I don't do that quite much as I used to, and it's a little bit more 'old man' philosophy.
2When I sit down and play the guitar, I am 20 years old again.
3I'd like to have the fortune, but I don't care too much about the fame.
4Basically, 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.
1He changed his name from John Cale to JJ Cale to avoid being confused with John Cale of the Velvet Underground.
2He helped to create the "Tulsa Sound," a genre with blues, rockabilly, country, and jazz influences. He was a former member of the Grand Ole Opry touring company. He also pioneered the use of drum machines.
3Good friend with Eric Clapton. He wrote some of Clapton's solo songs like "After Midnight" and "Cocaine". In 2006 together they released the album "The Road to Escondido", which won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album two years later.
4Was a dedicated lover of animals.
5Grammy 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.
6Grammy-Award Winning singer, songwriter and musician.


Master of NoneTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
Far Out2015writer: "Cocaine"
Ride2014/Iperformer: "Hey Baby" / writer: "Hey Baby"
TransparentTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
Tammy2014writer: "Call Me The Breeze"
Late Night with Seth Meyers2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cuéntame2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
DivorceTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
Eastbound & Down2012TV Series performer - 1 episode
The House I Live In2012Documentary performer: "IF YOU'RE EVER IN OKLAHOMA" / writer: "IF YOU'RE EVER IN OKLAHOMA"
United States of TaraTV Series writer - 2 episodes, 2009 - 2010 performer - 1 episode, 2010
Barney's Version2010performer: "River Runs Deep" / writer: "River Runs Deep"
Extract2009writer: "I Got The Same Old Blues"
Middle Men2009writer: "Cocaine"
Breaking BadTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Watchmen2009writer: "Clyde"
Lynyrd Skynyrd: Live at Freedom Hall2008TV Movie writer: "Call Me The Breeze"
Role Models2008writer: "Call Me the Breeze"
Dancing with the Stars2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Men in Trees2008TV Series performer - 1 episode
Friday Night LightsTV Series performer - 3 episodes, 2007 - 2008 writer - 3 episodes, 2007 - 2008
The Education of Charlie Banks2007performer: "Everything Will Be Alright" / writer: "Everything Will Be Alright"
Wild Hogs2007writer: "Call Me the Breeze"
Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector2006writer: "They Call Me the Breeze" - as John W. Cale
Elementarteilchen2006writer: "Cocaine"
Lord of War2005writer: "Cocaine" 1975
The Dukes of Hazzard2005writer: "Call Me the Breeze"
Bad News Bears2005"Cocaine"
Dog the Bounty Hunter2005TV Series performer - 1 episode
Fahrenheit 9/112004Documentary writer: "Cocaine" 1970
Starsky & Hutch2004writer: "Cocaine"
Nursie2004writer: "Cajun Moon"
Soundstage2003TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Any Way the Wind Blows2003performer: "Magnolia" / writer: "Magnolia"
Eric Clapton: One More Car, One More Rider - Live on Tour 20012002Video documentary writer: "Cocaine"
Sunshine State2002writer: "Call Me the Breeze"
Bandits2001performer: "Long Way Home" - uncredited / writer: "Long Way Home" - uncredited
Grass1999Documentary performer: "Cocaine" / writer: "Cocaine"
A Room for Romeo Brass1999performer: "After Midnight" / writer: "After Midnight"
That '70s Show1999TV Series performer - 1 episode
Scrapple1998music: "One Step Ahead of the Blues"
Lawn Dogs1997performer: "Feeling In Love" / writer: "Feeling In Love"
Phenomenon1996performer: "A Thing Going On" / writer: "A Thing Going On"
Armistead Maupin's Tales of the CityTV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode, 1993 writer - 1 episode, 1993
Tohuwabohu1993TV Series writer - 1 episode
Unlawful Entry1992performer: "DON'T GO TO STRANGERS" / writer: "DON'T GO TO STRANGERS"
The Cream of Eric Clapton1990Video documentary writer: "Cocaine"
The Wonder Years1989TV Series performer - 1 episode
Immediate Family1989performer: "Crazy Mama" / writer: "Crazy Mama"
Rain Man1988writer: "After Midnight" 1966 - uncredited
Growing Pains1987TV Series writer - 1 episode
Knight Rider1982TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Midnight Special1980TV Series writer - 1 episode
WKRP in Cincinnati1979TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Motorway File1975Short performer: "Right Down Here" / writer: "Right Down Here"
Dope1968Documentary writer: "Cocaine"


My Best Friend's Girl1983

Music Department

Dog the Bounty Hunter2005TV Series performer - 1 episode


To Tulsa and Back: On Tour with J.J. Cale2005Video documentaryHimself
Crossroads Guitar Festival2004Video documentaryHimself
Schmidteinander1994TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Singer / Songwriter / Guitarist (In Memoriam)

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