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Primary Instrument: Bass, electric

Born: March 24, 1935    

Throughout the 1950s Kaye played bebop jazz guitar in dozens of nightclubs around Los Angeles with many noted bands including Bob Neal's jazz group, Jack Sheldon backing Lenny Bruce, Teddy Edwards and Billy Higgins.

By her own account Kaye got into lucrative studio work “accidentally” in late 1957 with Sam Cooke. A few years later, when a bass player failed to show for a session at Capitol Records in Hollywood, she was asked to fill in on what was then often called the Fender bass.

Throughout the 1960s, she played bass on a significant percentage of records appearing on the Billboard Hot 100, although she was almost wholly unknown to the general public at the time...
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    Bass Catch / Two Bugs In A Rug

    Recorded
    1998
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    The First Lady On Bass

    Justin Time
    1994
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    How To Play The Electric Bass

    Justin Time
    1970
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    Electric Bass Lines No. 1

    Justin Time
    1970
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Featured recording “SMILE”

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SMILE

Capitol Records (2004)

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Ibanez SRX700 Bass, Thomastik Jazz Flats Strings, Gallien-Krueger MB150S-iii Amp, and GK 400RB Amp, Neo 1-12" cab. Ibanez RG321 Elec. Guitar w/Custom Neck, Seymour Duncan Alnico Pro II Neck P/U (Jazz playing only), George Benson Elec. Flatwound Strings - 12 on top, GK MB150S-iii Amp.
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