John Davies Cale (born March 9, 1942) is a Welsh musician, composer, singer-songwriter and record producer who was a founding member of the experimental rock band The Velvet Underground. Cale was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours.
Though best known for his work in rock music, Cale has worked in various genres including drone, noise and classical. Since departing from The Velvet Underground in 1968 he has released approximately 30 albums. Of his solo work, Cale is perhaps best known for his album "Paris 1919," plus his mid-1970s Island Records trilogy of albums: "Fear," "Slow Dazzle," and "Helen of Troy."
Cale has produced or collaborated with Lou Reed, Nico, La Monte Young, John Cage, Terry Riley, Cranes, Nick Drake, Kevin Ayers, Brian Eno, Patti Smith, The Stooges, The Modern Lovers, Marc Almond, Squeeze, James Dean Bradfield, Happy Mondays and Siouxsie & the Banshees.