25. Carole Kaye

Carole Kaye is a white female bass player who played on thousands of music recordings over her 50 year career. She worked for producers such as Phil Spector and Brian Wilson. She played bass on many recording sessions. Including Frank Sinatra, Simon & Garfunkel, Stevie Wonder, Barbara Streisand. The Supremes, The Temptations, the Four Tops and the Monkees.

Amazingly she played guitar until 1963 when a bassist didn’t turn up to a recording session. She turned to the bass instrument which she learnt to prefer.

There is some controversy about which tracks she played on. So she might have played on takes that were not used in the final version of the record. As a result Black labels such as Motown didn’t want its audience to know that a white woman was the bass player on their most famous records.
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Carole Kaye is a white female bass player who played on thousands of music recordings over her 50 year career. She worked for producers such as Phil Spector and Brian Wilson. She played bass on many recording sessions. Including Frank Sinatra, Simon & Garfunkel, Stevie Wonder, Barbara Streisand. The Supremes, The Temptations, the Four Tops and the Monkees.

Amazingly she played guitar until 1963 when a bassist didn’t turn up to a recording session. She turned to the bass instrument which she learnt to prefer.

There is some controversy about which tracks she played on. So she might have played on takes that were not used in the final version of the record. As a result Black labels such as Motown didn’t want its audience to know that a white woman was the bass player on their most famous records.
Click logo for youtube documentary “Pioneer and Session Legend Interview”



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