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Carol Kaye: The First Lady of Rock Guitar and Bass


When it comes to the bible of women in rock and roll, chapter one, verse one should read: “In the beginning, there was Carol Kaye.” Unlike groundbreakers who found fortune and fame as headliners, Carol worked her magic behind the scene. From the 1950s through the 1970s, she was one of Los Angeles’ top studio musicians, playing guitar or bass on Top-10 hits by the Beach Boys, Glen Campbell, Ray Charles, Joe Cocker, Sam Cooke, Bobby Darin, Jackie DeShannon, Four Tops, Jan & Dean, The Monkees, Paul Revere and The Raiders, Righteous Brothers, Sonny & Cher, Barbra Streisand, The Supremes, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Frank Zappa, and dozens of others. Continue reading