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Carol Kaye (née Smith; born March 24, 1935) is an American musician. She is one of the most prolific recorded bass guitarists in rock and pop music, playing on an estimated 10,000 recordings in a career spanning over 65 years.Kaye began playing guitar in her early teens and after some time as a guitar teacher, began to perform regularly on the Los Angeles jazz and big band circuit. She started session work in 1957, and through a connection at Gold Star Studios began working for producers Phil Spector and Brian Wilson. After a bassist failed to turn up to a session in 1963, she switched to that instrument, quickly making a name for herself as one of the most in-demand session players of the 1960s, playing on numerous hits. She moved into playing on film soundtracks in the late 1960s, particularly for Quincy Jones and Lalo Schifrin, and began to release a series of tutoring books such as How To Play The Electric Bass. Kaye became less active towards the end of the 1970s, but has continued her career and attracted praise from other musicians. During the peak of her years of session work, she became part of a stable of Los Angeles-based musicians which went by a variety of informal names, but has since become known as "The Wrecking Crew". Her work with the collective led to her prominent role in the 2008 documentary film titled The Wrecking Crew. Early life Kaye was born in Everett, Washington, to professional musicians Clyde and Dot Smith. Her father was a jazz trombonist who played in big bands. In 1942, he sold a piano in order to finance a move to Wilmington, California. She later said her father was violent towards her, and she persuaded her mother to separate from him, but music was the one thing that could unite the family.At age 13, Kaye received a steel string guitar from her mother, and began teaching professionally the following year. She began playing sessions in jazz clubs around Los Angeles. During the 1950s, Kaye played bebop jazz guitar with several groups on the Los Angeles club circuit, including Bob Neal's group, Jack Sheldon backing Lenny Bruce, Teddy Edwards and Billy Higgins. She played with the Henry Busse Orchestra in the mid-1950s, and toured the US with them. Career Pop sessions In 1957, Kaye was playing a gig at the Beverly Cavern, Hollywood, when producer Robert "Bumps" Blackwell invited her to a recording session for Sam Cooke's arrangement of "Summertime". She realised she could make significantly more money with session work than playing in jazz clubs, so took it up as a full-time career. In 1958, she played acoustic rhythm guitar on Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba", recorded at Gold Star Studios, Hollywood. Through Gold Star, she began to work with producer Phil Spector, playing electric guitar on Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans' "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" and The Crystals' "Then He Kissed Me", and acoustic guitar on The Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'". Along with several other musicians including drummer Hal Blaine and guitarist Glen Campbell, her work with Spector attracted the attention of other record producers and she found herself in demand as a regular session player.In 1963, when a bass player failed to show for a session at Capitol Records in Hollywood, she was asked to fill in on the instrument. She quickly discovered she preferred playing bass, and found it was a key component of a backing track and allowed her to play more inventively than the relatively simpler guitar parts she had been playing until then. From a pragmatic viewpoint, it was easier to carry a single bass to sessions instead of swapping between three or four guitars depending on the song. After bassist Ray Pohlman left studio work to become a musical director, Kaye became the most in-demand session bassist in Los Angeles.Kaye continued to play guitar on numerous other hit songs in the 1960s and 1970s, including the twelve-string electric guitar on several Sonny & Cher songs. She also played twelve-string on Frank Zappa's album Freak Out! At the time, it was unusual for women to be experienced session players; nevertheless Kaye remembered sessions being generally good-humoured and united by the music.Kaye was the sole regular female member of The Wrecking Crew (though she has said the collective were never known by this name, which was later invented by Hal Blaine), a collective of studio musicians who played on a large number of hit records from Los Angeles in the 1960s. Throughout the decade, while at the time unknown to the public, Kaye played bass on a substantial number of records that appeared on the Billboard Hot 100. According to the New York Times, she played on 10,000 recording sessions. She appeared on sessions by Frank Sinatra, Simon & Garfunkel, Stevie Wonder, Barbra Streisand, The Supremes, The Temptations, the Four Tops and The Monkees. She played electric bass on Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'", while Chuck Berghofer played double bass. She also came up with the introduction on fellow session player Glen Campbell's hit "Wichita Lineman". Kaye later said that during the 1960s, she would sometimes play three or four sessions per day, and was pleased that so many of them created hit records.Through her work with Spector, Kaye caught the attention of The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson, who used her on several sessions, including the albums Beach Boys Today, Summer Days (and Summer Nights!!), Pet Sounds and Smile. Unlike other sessions, where she was free to work out her own bass lines, Wilson always came in with a very specific idea of what she should play. By Pet Sounds, Wilson was asking musicians such as Kaye to play far more takes than typical sessions, often running over ten passes of a song, with sessions stretching well into the night. Soundtracks, tutoring and later work By 1969, Kaye was exhausted and had become disillusioned from doing session work, saying that the music had "started to sound like cardboard". At the same time, many newer rock bands disapproved of using session players, preferring to play the instruments themselves. She decided to make a change so her career evolved from playing primarily pop music to performing mostly soundtrack work, as well as writing and teaching. She wrote How To Play The Electric Bass, the first in a series of tutoring books and instructional video courses. Her soundtrack sessions from this time included playing on the themes to M.A.S.H., The Streets of San Francisco and Across 110th Street. Kaye had already performed on a number of soundtracks and had worked closely with Lalo Schifrin, playing on the theme to Mission: Impossible and the soundtrack for Bullitt. She regularly collaborated with Quincy Jones, later saying that he "wrote some of the most beautiful themes I've ever heard in my life". Kaye was also a part of Jones' orchestra at the 43rd Academy Awards.In the early 1970s, she toured with Joe Pass and Hampton Hawes, and continued to do sessions. In 1973, sh.... Discover the Kaye Blue popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Kaye Blue books.

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  • Ultimate Redemption synopsis, comments

    Ultimate Redemption

    Kaye Blue

    Their secrets could end themor be their salvation. Five years ago, disgraced exNavy SEAL Damien Silver lost everything: his medals, his reputation, his freedom. But nothing hurt w...

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    Who You Least Expect

    Kaye Blue

    Orderly. Efficient. Controlled. That’s how Blakely Bishop likes her life and the people in it. The instability of her past has ingrained in her the hard lessons of a life lived in ...

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    Ulitmate Escape

    Kaye Blue

    The vacation of a lifetime? Only if she can survive it… A bad breakup and a worse bout of boredom sent Nola Bailey halfway around the world. But instead of cold cocktails and sandy...

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    Something to Fight For

    Kaye Blue

    At the end of the world, has he found a reason to fight?

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    Ultimate Surrender

    Kaye Blue

    CEO and mercenary Lucian Silver is desperate to keep his defense company afloat. Taking on meddling investors was his last resort.  But the mere presence of Cassandra Porterso...

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    Something to Die For

    Kaye Blue

    Something bad was happening out there. I tried to pay attention, but I was busy. A doctor at the state prison, taking care of the worst of the worst. People like Lucas Crowe. B...

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    Dirty Debt

    Kaye Blue

    I hate owing our local loan shark money. I’m determined to pay him off and run my club as a totally legit business without any outside help.<br> <br> But when I see him...

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    Kaye Blue

    HER:I should have kept my mouth closed. Speaking up almost cost me my life.Aggravating a vicious drug lord is bad enough, but falling for the mobster who saved me? Madness.He ...

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    Ultimate Engagement

    Kaye Blue

    When the lines between makebelieve and reality blur, danger moves in... Mercenary Adam Reins needs a womanand fast.  The only way to get the intel he needs on a dangerous...

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    Brutal Reunion

    Kaye Blue

    Ten years after the boy broke her heart…the man wants her back. I was never a nice, normal guy, but for her I pretended to be. One look at her sweet eyes and sinful curves, and I...

  • Truth synopsis, comments


    Kaye Blue

    Lies have bound us. Truth might tear us apart. Amy Running was my only choice. I thought he'd forget about me. Instead, he hunted me down. Now our fates are irrevocably en...

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    Wicked Reign

    Kaye Blue

    The first time I saw her, I knew she'd be trouble. I didn't care. I had a point to prove and nothing more. At least that’s what I told myself. Now she's left me. A good man...

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    Kaye Blue

    “I’m a Murphy. I protect what’s mine.” A nice, sensible woman like me should have never spoken to a man like Patrick Murphy. And I really, really shouldn’t have spent the most reck...

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    Kaye Blue

    HIM:Almost dying will change a man. There's no redemption for me, but I sought her out to make amends. Except now I can't bring myself to tell her who I really am. A...

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    Kaye Blue

    Lies can be painful. The truth can be fatal. Amy I always knew my coworker was dangerous; some dark corner of my mind whispered it to me. But I ignored my instincts until it was ...

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    Kaye Blue

    I’d never leave a mark on her. Not intentionally. But the past has marked us both… She’s the only woman I’ve ever wanted.  Grace. Sweet curves that I long to touch, a soft, ge...

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    Conquered King

    Kaye Blue

    I built the Brotherhood with sweat and blood, have amassed power and wealth beyond imagination. One misstep, and all I’ve built will crumble. I won’t let that happen. Not even f...

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    Tease Me

    Kaye Blue

    Sometimes friends make the best lovers…and sometimes sex ruins everything. Dallas is a stereotypical artist: passionate, creative, and flighty. She’s also not getting any younger. ...

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    His Prize

    Kaye Blue

    I do. I said the words to the vicious, beautiful stranger who claimed me as a prize in my father’s war. My duty is clear: play the obedient mafia wife I was raised to be. He demand...

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    Savage Savior

    Kaye Blue

    A holiday fling, or something more? The holidays haven’t been so happy for Merry Beshear since her husband dumped her for a younger, skinner model. But she’s determined to make th...

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    Kaye Blue

    My family. My duty. It's all that matters to me.Until her…One glimpse, and I see the innocence in her eyes.And the torment.Taking her would mean war. I should leave her to her fate...

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    Beneath the Boss

    Kaye Blue

    Layla Grayson loves her job, but she never intended to let it consume her life.  Her boss Leighton Means cares nothing for her intentions, her boundaries, or her sanity, and L...

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    Resurrected King

    Kaye Blue

    Ten years ago I died. Since then I’ve lived as Ghost, existing in shadows, caring for nothing but my business and the Brotherhood. But she’s changed all that. Reminded me that th...

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    Blue Blood

    Andrea Vance

    'A political bombshell book' Sunday Star TimesBeginning with the shock resignation of John Key, Blue Blood reveals the reasons behind one of the most dramatic falls in popularity ...

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    Kaye Blue

    HER:When my best friend fell in love with a mobster, I thought she'd lost her mind. Until I met his brother…HIM:Love is a lie, a fairy tale.In my world, all that matters is staying...

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    Ultimate Capture

    Kaye Blue

    The past he wants to forget…  Nearly two decades ago, mercenary Marcus Saint left home and never looked back. But when Saint’s mentor is murdered, he does the unthinkable and ...

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    Kaye Blue

    Vengeance is my sole desire…until she comes along. I’ve spent years plotting revenge. No one can stop me from carrying out my plans.   Not even Jade.   I thought she was ...

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    Kaye Blue

    HER:I should have known better. Just a wedding, they said. Double my usual pay for a few hours' work. Easy money. Easy enoughuntil the shooting started.Now I'm on the run...

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    His Target

    Kaye Blue

 Someone’s sticking their nose where it shouldn’t be. My orders: shut it down.
 Easy enough...until the trail leads me to her. 
Just by existing she changes everything. 
I hav...

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    Kaye Blue

    We fit together in all the ways that matter. I’ll show her thatand heaven help anyone who tries to hurt my newfound family. Family’s everything to me. When a onenight stand tells m...

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    Kaye Blue

    HER:I've infiltrated the Romanian mob.It's dangerous, insane, but it's the only way to get the justice I deserve, the vengeance I've dedicated my life to. So I've wormed my way in,...

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    Something to Live For

    Kaye Blue

    The end came in the blink of an eye. For me, nothing changed. The emptiness that was my life before was the same after everything was gone. Until I found her. It should have be...

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    Where You Least Expect

    Kaye Blue

    Navy SEAL Joe MacDermid came to Thornehill Springs, North Carolina seeking peace and quiet and maybe a break from his hectic life. But his nextdoor neighbor Verna Love seems intent...

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    Kaye Blue

    Lies bound us. Truth tore us apart. Now we face our consequences. Amy It was too good to be true. After all we’d been through, I thought we’d found happiness. I should have know...

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    When You Least Expect

    Kaye Blue

    Five years ago, Ariel Mallick experienced a devastating loss, and for a time, she didn’t know if she’d recover. It took a while, but the widowed mother is in a good place now, focu...

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    Obsessed King

    Kaye Blue

    Her plea was simple: help me. But in my world, nothing is free, and I know exactly what I want. Her body is currency, a trade of flesh for favor and nothing more. At least that’...

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    Cruel Captor

    Kaye Blue

    I’ve become the mafia’s most feared enforcer for a single purpose. Revenge. Now I have it my grasp, and she’s the key. Take her. Use her. Discard her. Why do I care that sh...

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    Kaye Blue

    Her stubbornness challenges me. Her curves tempt me. She’s minewhether she knows it or not. And when danger calls, all bets are off... My brother thinks I’m a hothead, and since he...

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    Tempt Me

    Kaye Blue

    She’s the ideal assistant…and an utterly inappropriate lover. Sarah Jones can’t help wanting her boss, Leoor His Royal Highness Leonidis, as he’s known to the world. She takes prid...

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    His Bride

    Kaye Blue

    HER: I ran. Leaving him was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. The only that would have been worse? Staying to watch him become the monster he was taught to be. Living with the fact...

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    Make Me

    Kaye Blue

    They might make a great team … if they don’t kill each other first. Cree Manning loves everything about being an attorney…except her colleague, Aaron. He may be an actual prince, b...