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With an Oklahoma start, J.J. Cale's songs were built to last Published: July 30, 2013

Nobody can tell you with any certainty what makes a great song, says Malcom Jones on the Daily Beast.

Some have astonishing chord changes and insanely clever lyrics. Others are, um, well, think “Wooly Bully.” But trust a great musician to recognize a great song and, by extension, a great songwriter.

Musicians couldn’t get enough of him. As for the listening public, they’re still catching up—but there’s lots of time for that: Cale’s songs were built to last.

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