That time I asked J.J. Cale what it was like growing up in Tulsa

By Steve Newton

“Livin’ on Tulsa time
Livin’ on Tulsa time
Well, you know I’ve been through it
When I set my watch back to it
Livin’ on Tulsa time”

Eric Clapton recorded the Don Williams song “Tulsa Time” on his 1978 Backless album, and liked it so much he recorded a live version for his Just One Night album two years later.

One of Clapton’s biggest musical heroes, J.J. Cale, spent years living on Tulsa time himself. He was raised in the Oklahoma city, and graduated from Tulsa Central High School in 1956. He has been described as a co-creator of the laidback “Tulsa sound”, and in 2004 he released the album To Tulsa and Back.

The first time I interviewed Cale, in 1990, I asked him what it was like growing up in Tulsa.

Have a listen:


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