Carol Kaye – the best bass player ever

Carol Kaye - she's the greatest!

Rock has forever been considered a man’s domain. Women are tolerated, rarely appreciated, rarely respected. Such a stupid attitude. Especially when it comes to bass players. Anyone who even knows a little about the history of pop and rock bass knows the name Carol Kaye. Yes, she’s a woman, and she’s influenced more bass players than you can name and played on more hits than you’ll ever get the chance to – that’s a fact. Here’s just a brief summary of her work for you to ponder:

  • The Beach Boys – Good Vibrations, Help Me Rhonda, Sloop John B, I Get Around, Wouldn’t It Be Nice, California Girls, God Only Knows, Pet Sounds
  • O.C. Smith – Little Green Apples
  • The Lettermen – Goin’ Out Of My Head/Can’t Take my Eyes Off Of You medley, Hurt So Bad, Shangrila, When I Fall in Love, More, Theme from Summer Place
  • Frank & Nancy Sinatra – Something Stupid
  • Nancy Sinatra- These Boots Are Made For Walking
  • Joe Cocker – Feelin’ Alright
  • Barbra Streisand – The Way We Were
  • Paul Revere & Raiders – Indian Reservation
  • Lou Rawls – Natural Man
  • The Monkees – I’m A Believer, Last Train To Clarksville
  • Simon and Garfunkel – Homeward Bound, I Am A Rock, Scarborough Fair

And that’s not even a fraction of the hits she played on, or artists she played with.

Carol Kaye is simply the best rock bass player of all time. Don’t let anyone tell you girls don’t rock!

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