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Carol Kaye was playing jazz guitar in little clubs back in the days when "girls don't play guitars." She picked up occasional session work as a way of making ends meet. On one occasion, when she had been called in to play guitar on a session, the bass player didn't show, and she agreed to give it a try. The rest is history.

One of the odder things about Kayes's style was that she had never learned to fingerpick, the method typically employed by bass players. So, she used a guitar pick to play the bass. Using the hard plastic plectrum gave Kaye a distinctive sound.

YouTube has a series of long-form interviews with Kaye. They're well worth the time if you have any interest in the history of the music biz.

She's a legend.

Or, just watch the fabulous documentary movie "The Wrecking Crew" and really see the music business from the inside.

She used to come to the Waterfront Blues Festival and play with a lot of different groups.

Carol Kaye hated the movie "The Wrecking Crew." She says it was Hal Blaine's ego trip, that the Wrecking Crew was never the name anyone called studio musicians other than it being Blaine's pet name. She says Blaine put himself in the driver's seat and downplayed the work of other studio musicians and she feels she was tricked into appearing in the movie.

Blaine also criticized Kaye for being -- gasp -- a woman. "she's got kids," he said. And he claimed that Kaye should never have been allowed in the studio.

Blaine is at odds with Brian Wilson, who hired Kaye to play his Beach Boys bass lines. Wilson calls Kaye the “greatest bass player in the world” who was “way ahead of her time.”

Brian Wilson, although OUT THERE, is a brilliant musician, and knows talent!

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