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Carol Kaye (born March 24, 1935) is an American musician, best known as one of the most prolific and widely heard bass guitarists in history, playing on an estimated 10,000 recording sessions in a 55-year career.
As a session musician, Kaye was the bassist on many Phil Spector and Brian Wilson productions in the 1960s and 1970s. She played guitar on Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba" and is credited with the bass tracks on several Simon & Garfunkel hits and many film scores by Quincy Jones and Lalo Schifrin. One of the most popular albums Carol contributed to was the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds.

Kaye was born in Everett, Washington, to professional musicians Clyde and Dot Smith. She grew up in poverty near Port Angeles and in 1949, at the age of fourteen began teaching guitar professionally. Throughout the 1950s, Kaye played bebop jazz guitar in dozens of nightclubs around Los Angeles with many noted bands including Bob Neal's jazz group, Jack Sheldon backing Lenny Bruce, Teddy Edwards and Billy Higgins. By her own account, Kaye got into lucrative studio work "accidentally" in late 1957 with Sam Cooke.[citation needed] A few years later, when a bass player failed to show for a session at Capitol Records in Hollywood, she was asked to fill in on what was then often called the Fender bass. She was a member of the so-called "Wrecking Crew", a name she rejects, preferring instead to call the group "The Clique", a group of studio musicians that played on a large number of hit records from Los Angeles in the 1960s.[citation needed]
Throughout the 1960s, Kaye played bass on a significant percentage of records that appeared on the Billboard Hot 100, though almost wholly unknown to the general public at the time. It has been estimated that she played in 10,000 recording sessions. Kaye played bass on many of the Beach Boys hit recordings, including "Help Me, Rhonda", "Sloop John B", and "California Girls". She worked on Brian Wilson's ill-fated but legendary Smile project

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HOUSE OF THE DAY: Insurance Tycoon's Plaza Hotel Mansion Now Listed For A Discounted $35 Million

Florida-based philanthropist and retired insurance tycoon Barry Kaye and his wife Carol Kaye have discounted their sprawling apartment at New York's Plaza Hotel by 30%, Curbed reports. The third-floor apartment had been listed for a whopping $49.5 million ...
Posted: December 26, 2014, 6:30 am

Tile shop closure no shock for competitor

Ken's Tile Centre manager Carol Kaye said it was a tough time to be in the tiling and building industry in Bundy. The NewsMail reported yesterday that Metro Tiles had gone into liquidation. "We already had 11 tile shops in Bundaberg,” Mrs Kaye said.
Posted: October 14, 2016, 1:28 pm

Meet Carol Kaye, the Unsung Bassist Behind Your Favorite 60s Hits

Carol Kaye: you may not recognize her name but chances are you’re familiar with her work. Now 81, the lady has laid down some deeply iconic bass tracks in a career spanning 55 years and something in the neighborhood of 10,000 recording sessions.
Posted: April 27, 2014, 5:00 pm
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