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Born: March 24, 1935
Everett, Washington

Carol Kaye

Carol Kaye 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.  Among her most often cited work, Kaye anchored the Beach Boys' album Pet Sounds.

Associated acts of Carol Kaye includes The Beach Boys, Phil Spector, The Doors, Ritchie Valens, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Glen Campbell, Leon Russell, Sonny & Cher, Joe Cocker, Barbra Streisand, Ray Charles, Frank Zappa, Ike & Tina Turner, Johnny Mathis, Simon & Garfunkel, The Righteous Brothers, The Marketts, Herb Alpert, The Buckinghams, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Gary Lewis & The Playboys and the Monkees.
In 2010, Kaye was the subject of a tribute song on the album July Flame by Portland, Oregon musician Laura Veirs entitled "Carol Kaye" Featuring Jim James of My Morning Jacket the lyrics include many of the more famous song titles that featured Kaye.

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