Carol Kaye: Bassist of the Hits!

Carol Kaye
Carol Kaye in a studio session.

If you've followed popular music in the last three decades, you've probably spent hours listening to bassist Carol Kaye, though you almost certainly didn't know it. The former jazz guitarist has played with some of the best-known artists in the recording industry and helped devise signature elements in a number of popular hits -- such as the staccato opening bars of the Mission Impossible theme. Among others, she's collaborated with the Beach Boys, Ray Charles, the Righteous Brothers, Johnny Mathis, the Doors and Henry Mancini. Listen as Morning Edition host Bob Edwards interviews Kaye and hear some of the tunes she helped send to the top of the pop charts You can also find out more about her at Carol Kaye's own Web site.

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