Carol Kaye is a legend. She turned 82 this week.
She's known as one of the most prolific and widely heard bass guitarists, playing on an estimated 10,000 recordings in a career spanning over 50 years.
As a session musician, Kaye was the bassist on many Phil Spector and Brian Wilson productions in the 1960s and 1970s. She recorded guitar on Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba" and is credited with the bass tracks on several Simon & Garfunkel hits and many film scores by Quincy Jones and Lalo Schifrin. One of the most popular albums Carol contributed to was the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds.
When Gene Simmons was filming the documentary Sample This about the classic hip hop song "Apache" and where all the samples came from, he interviewed Carol.
She gave him an impromptu lesson on the bass at Sunset Sound studios in Hollywood.
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