celebrity) his influence as a musical artist has been widely acknowledged by figures such as Mark Knopfler, Neil Young, and Eric Clapton, who described him as "one of the most important artists in the history of rock".He is considered to be one of the originators of the Tulsa Sound, a loose genre drawing on blues, rockabilly, country, and jazz.
album by J. J. Cale. First released in 1972, it includes his song "After Midnight", which had been recorded first by Eric Clapton
in 1970. Cale, who was languishing in obscurity at the time, had no
knowledge of Clapton's recording of "After Midnight" until it became a
radio hit in 1970. Cale recalled to Mojo
magazine that when he heard Clapton's version playing on his radio, "I
was dirt poor, not making enough to eat and I wasn't a young man. I was
in my thirties, so I was very happy. It was nice to make some money."Cale's friend and producer, Audie Ashworth, encouraged Cale to record a
full album in order to capitalize on the success of his song.