Carol Kaye

Carol Smith

Also known as Carol K. & The Hitmen, Carol Kay, Carol Kaye Fleming, Carole Kaye, Kaye
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Discography of Carol Kaye:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Picking Up On The E-String 8 Audio 1995
2 The First Lady On Bass 16 Audio 1994
3 Electric Bass Lines No. 1 14 Audio 1970 GP Records (3)
4 California Creamin' 17 Audio 1996 Hot Wire Records
5 Thumbs Up 11 Audio 1999 MR-C Music

Born 24 March 1935, Everett, Washington, USA.


[b]Kaye[/b] was one of a few female artists among the accomplished session musicians of the 'Wrecking Crew' Collective. Her distinctive bass-playing talents were originally rooted in the jazz arena, with the likes of [a=Jack Sheldon], [a=Billy Higgins] and [a=Teddy Edwards], before she became a 'first call' artist to Los Angeles studios. Especially for the [url=]The Beach Boys'[/url] [a=Brian Wilson], who said of her “Carol Kaye was the greatest bass player I’ve ever met”. [url=]Zappa[/url] called upon her jazz skills for 12-string guitar work on [url=]Freak Out![/url], his choice no doubt influenced by her work on one of his favorite singles, [r=1295472] by [a=Tennessee Ernie Ford]. In sharp contrast she laid down tracks for [url=,+The]The Monkees[/url] hits and TV themes such as [url=]Mannix and Mission: Impossible[/url].

With more than 10,000 sessions to her credit [b]Kaye[/b] has helped launch many an artist with her gifted work, in studios such as Gold Star Recording Studios, Western Recorders, Radio Recorders, CBS Studios and RCA Victor Studios where the Wrecking Crew helped to furnish the hits from California. [b]Kaye[/b] really was one of the "California Girls". She has also produced a wealth of tutorial books and multimedia on the art of playing the bass and retired during the 1970s because of arthritis.

Occasionally, members of the Crew would come together and release works in their own right. In this respect [b]Kaye[/b] featured in the groups [url=,+The]The Zodiac[/url], [url=,+The]The California Dreamers[/url] and [a=Carol Kaye & The Greasy Bass Blues Band].

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