John Cale
Fear Is A Man's Best Friend - John Cale

Biography John Cale

Cale as a schoolboy

Childhood in Wales

John Davies Cale is born March 9th 1942 in Garnant, Wales.

Cale's father Arthur George Cale was a miner in the Gelly Geidrum coal mine. His mother Margaret Davies was a school teacher until she married Arthur at the age of 36. John was their only child.

John Cale attended the primary school where his mother had been a teacher.

Cale's parents

At the age of seven, he was signed up for classical piano lessons.

"The course required me to take four examinations per year and after a while I started to do well. I realized that playing music gave me a stronger sense of who I was."
The house where John Cale was born

He starts playing the organ - a Rushworth and Draper instrument - in the local church at the age of twelve. The organist is impressed with his aptitude, but is even more interested in trying to jerk off young Cale. He did not like growing up in highly religious environment:

"Growing up in Wales was a pretty Draconian experience with religion."

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