5 (J. J. Cale album)

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Studio album by J. J. Cale
Released August 1979
Recorded Crazy Mama Studios, Nashville, Tennessee (tracks 1,6,7,12)
The Lakehouse, Old Hickory, Nashville, Tennessee (tracks 2,4,5,9,10)
Columbia Studios, Nashville, Tennessee (track 3)
Woodland Studios, Nashville, Tennessee (tracks 8,11)
Genre Blues, Americana, Tulsa Sound
Length 37:50
Label UK: Island
Producer Audie Ashworth & J.J. Cale
J. J. Cale chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Rolling Stone mixed link

5 is the fifth album by J. J. Cale. Released in 1979, it was his first album for three years. Most of the tracks were recorded and mixed at The Lakehouse, Old Hickory, Tennessee. When the album was re-issued on CD, "Katy Kool Lady" was replaced by a new song, though it was still listed as the former on the CD. This song was later included on the 2007 album Rewind: The Unreleased Recordings under the name of "Out of Style".[1][2][3][4][5]


5 marks the first appearance of Christine Lakeland on a J.J. Cale album, a singer and musician who would play a significant role in Cale's music in the years ahead.

Paste,[6] All About Jazz[7] and Glide Magazine[8] highly praised "Don't Cry Sister", Twisted Ear called the version "terrible".[9] A live version of their recording appeared in 2016 on the album Live in San Diego. From 1984 until 2004, the song appeared on the compilation albums Special Edition (1984, Island), Best of J. J. Cale (1993, Island), Anyway the Wind Blows: The Anthology (1997, Island), The Definitive Collection (1998, Island), Classic J.J. Cale: The Universal Masters Collection (1999, Universal), 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of J.J. Cale (2002, Universal), Singers And Songwriters: Pure & Simple (2003, Time) and The Ultimate Collection (2004, Universal).[10]

"Katy Kool Lady" was released as a single with the non-album track "Jaurez Blues" as the b-side.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by J. J. Cale, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Thirteen Days"   2:50
2. "Boilin' Pot"   2:51
3. "I'll Make Love to You Anytime"   3:13
4. "Don't Cry Sister"   2:14
5. "Too Much for Me"   3:13
6. "Sensitive Kind"   5:10
7. "Friday"   4:13
8. "Lou-Easy-Ann"   2:47
9. "Let's Go to Tahiti" Bill Boatman, Roger Tillotson 2:52
10. "Katy Kool Lady" J.J. Cale, Christine Lakeland 2:24
11. "Fate of a Fool"   2:54
12. "Mona"   3:16


  • J. J. Cale: Guitars, Bass, Piano, Drums and Vocals
  • Christine Lakeland: Voices, Organ, Rhythm Guitar, Percussion and Piano
  • Billy Cox: Bass
  • Carl Radle: Bass
  • Nick Rather: Bass
  • Karl Himmel: Drums
  • Kenny Buttrey: Drums
  • Buddy Harman: Drums
  • Jimmy Karstein: Drums and Congas
  • David Briggs: Piano
  • Larry Bell: Electric Piano and Organ
  • Bill Boatman: Electric Rhythm Guitar and Fiddle
  • Bill Kenner: Mandolin
  • Farrell Morris: Vibes
  • Sherry Porter: Voices
  • Shelly Kurland: Strings
  • Carl Gorodetzy: Strings
  • Roy Christensen: Strings
  • Marv Chantry: Strings
  • Cam Mullins: String arrangements
  • George Tidwell: Horns
  • Don Sheffield: Horns
  • Dennis Goode: Horns
  • Terry Williams: Horns


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "J.J. Cale 5". allmusic.com. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "5". amazon.com. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Sweeting, Adam. "JJ Cale obituary". theguardian.com. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "5 J.J. Cale". itune.apple.com. Archived from the original on 10 January 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "J.J. Cale–5". discogs.com. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Andy Beta (23 January 2007). "J.J. Cale: JJ Cale & Eric Clapton – The Road...". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
  7. ^ Doug Collette (14 December 2006). "J.J. Cale & Eric Clapton: The Road to Escondido". Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
  8. ^ Jason Rooks (8 December 2006). "J.J. Cale & Eric Clapton: The Road to Escondido". Glide Magazine. Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
  9. ^ Philip D. Huff. "J.J. Cale & Eric Clapton – The Road to Escondido". Twisted Ear. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
  10. ^ "Don't Cry Sister – J.J. Cale". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 22 August 2016.