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John Cale

Welsh composer, singer-songwriter and record producer / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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John Davies Cale OBE (born 9 March 1942) is a Welsh musician, composer, and record producer who was a founding member of the American rock band the Velvet Underground. Over his six-decade career, Cale has worked in various styles across rock, drone, classical, avant-garde and electronic music.[5]

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John Cale
Cale playing a viola while singing into a microphone onstage
Cale performing at De Warande in Turnhout, Belgium, 2006
Background information
Birth nameJohn Davies Cale
Born (1942-03-09) 9 March 1942 (age 81)
Garnant, Carmarthenshire, Wales[1]
  • Musician
  • composer
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • Vocals
  • keyboards
  • viola
  • bass
  • guitar
DiscographyJohn Cale discography
Years active1957–present
Formerly of

He studied music at Goldsmiths College, University of London (UoL), before relocating in 1963 to New York City's downtown music scene, where he performed as part of the Theatre of Eternal Music and formed the Velvet Underground. Since leaving the band in 1968, Cale has released seventeen solo studio albums, including the widely acclaimed Paris 1919 (1973) and Music for a New Society (1982). Cale has also acquired a reputation as an adventurous record producer, working on the debut studio albums of several innovative artists, including the Stooges and Patti Smith.[6]