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#129 – Carol Kaye – SMiLE Bassist

With over 10,000 sessions to her credit, Carol Kaye is one of the most-recorded musicians in the history of popular music  Part of the famous Wrecking Crew, a group of session musicians that backed everyone from Simon & Garfunkel to the Righteous Brothers and the Monkees.  But, Kaye is probably best-known as bassist and guitarist on many of the Beach Boys best-loved songs and albums.  She was a part of the infamous SMiLE Sessions, and shares her insight into that project, what qualities made up a session run by Brian Wilson, and whether or not she wore a fireman’s hat during the “Fire” session.  She also reminisces about the problems that arose during the tracking for “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” by the Righteous Brothers.