John Cale

Avantguarde Musician
Born Mar 9, 1942

John Davies Cale, OBE is a Welsh musician, composer, singer-songwriter and record producer who was a founding member of the experimental rock band The Velvet Underground. Though best known for his work in rock music, Cale has worked in various genres including drone and classical. Since departing from the Velvet Underground in 1968 he has released approximately 30 albums.… Read More

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1942 Birth John Cale was born on 9 March 1942 in Garnant in the heavily industrial Amman Valley of Wales to Will Cale and Margaret Davies. … Read More


1963 21 Years Old 1 More Event
He also enjoyed rock music from an early age and in 1963 he travelled to the United States to continue his musical training, thanks to the help and influence of Aaron Copland.
1965 - 1967 2 More Events
1968 26 Years Old 1 More Event
In September 1968, Cale played his final gig with the Velvets at the Boston Tea Party and according to Tucker, "When John left, it was really sad. … Read More
1970 28 Years Old In 1970, in addition to his career as a producer, Cale began to make solo records. … Read More
1971 29 Years Old In 1971 Cale met Cynthia "Cindy" Wells, better known as Miss Cindy of the GTOs and they married soon afterward. Their marriage was rocky and they divorced in 1975.


1972 30 Years Old 1 More Event
His classical explorations continued with 1972's The Academy in Peril. … Read More
1974 32 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1974 he joined Island, working on records with Squeeze, Patti Smith, and Sham 69, among others. … Read More
1977 - 1980 3 More Events
1981 39 Years Old On 6 October 1981 Cale married his third wife, Risé Irushalmi, and they had one daughter together, Eden Myfanwy Cale, born 14 July 1985. They divorced in 1997. … Read More


1985 43 Years Old His daughter Eden Cale was born in July 1985. … Read More
1989 47 Years Old In part because of his young daughter, Cale took a long break from recording and performing. He made a comeback in 1989 with vocal and orchestral settings of poems by Dylan Thomas. … Read More
1990 48 Years Old In 1990 he again collaborated with Eno, on an album entitled Wrong Way Up, the accessible and uptempo album at odds with Cale's description of the fraught relationship between the pair.
1991 49 Years Old Then in 1991 Cale contributed one song, "Hallelujah", to the tribute album to Leonard Cohen, I'm Your Fan. … Read More


1992 50 Years Old In 1992 Cale performed vocals on two songs, "Hunger" and "First Evening", on French producer Hector Zazou's album Sahara Blue. … Read More
1994 52 Years Old In 1994, Cale performed a spoken-word duet with Suzanne Vega on the song "The Long Voyage" on Zazou's album Chansons des mers froides. … Read More
1996 54 Years Old 1 More Event
Cale was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Velvet Underground in 1996, and appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2010.
1999 57 Years Old Cale has also written a number of film soundtracks, often using more classically influenced instrumentation. His autobiography, What's Welsh for Zen?, was published in 1999 by Bloomsbury, a collaboration with Victor Bockris, author of a controversial biography of Lou Reed.


2003 - 2008 5 More Events
2009 67 Years Old 1 More Event
Cale represented Wales at the 2009 Venice Biennale, collaborating with artists, filmmakers, and poets, and focusing the artwork on his relationship with the Welsh language. … Read More
2010 68 Years Old Cale was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours.
2011 69 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 2011 Cale signed a record deal with Domino Records subsidiary Double Six and released an EP, Extra Playful, in September 2011.
2012 70 Years Old In the autumn of 2012 Cale released Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood, his first full-length studio album since 2005. … Read More
2014 72 Years Old In 2014 he appeared as vendor in an episode "Sorrowsworn" of the television series The Bridge.
2016 74 Years Old 1 More Event
Cale released his sixteenth solo album M:FANS in January 2016. … Read More
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