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Bob Edwards and an hour with Carol Kaye

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 2:02 pm

If you don’t know the name, you do know the music. From California Girls through Wichita Lineman to Twelfth of Never, her playing was and is inescapable. She is frequently credited with having worked over 10,000 studio sessions, played on countless television themes (Mission: Impossible comes immediately to mind), and was part of The Clique, a group of studio musicians who traveled from studio to studio making everyone from Frank Sinatra to Frank Zappa sound good.

Bob Edwards first spoke to her in 2000 while at NPR, where their conversation was cut to eight minutes to fit in a segment of Morning Edition. But here, Bob spends an hour with the “First Lady of Bass” to take a master class on the history of music in the second half of the Twentieth Century from someone who helped make that history.

But here’s the show introduction:

Hello and welcome to The Bob Edwards Show for Wednesday, March 11th, and an hour with Carol Kaye—jazz guitarist by night—teacher and session bass player by day. She played on scores of hits beginning back in the day when session players got no written credit on the album jacket. That’s Carol Kaye’s bass line on “Good Vibrations” and a bunch of other Beach Boys tunes. As a session player, she might record with Frank Zappa or the Righteous Brothers, then go directly to another recording session and play for Frank Sinatra or Barbra Streisand. Based in Los Angeles, she got plenty of TV and movie work also. Every time you watched M*A*S*H or Mission Impossible, you heard Carol Kaye.

For this file, I did more work than I usually do. I personally recorded the program on the airdate of March 11th, 2009 from my XM radio, but the quality of the program wasn’t terribly high. In the archives of the program, I found a CD of this show without the original commercials (which themselves stand as something of an historical document, showing that satellite radio at one time had style and class). So I overlayed the CD segments on the original audio to give you the best of both worlds.

And if that isn’t enough media, don’t turn off your player when Bob signs off…I’ve added a little more than a half-minute of never-before-heard audio from the DAT backup of the raw interview, also from the archives, that begins when Bob is leaving the National Public Radio Culver City studio…

Oh, yeah, script/roadmap included as well.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Wednesday March 11th, 2009: Download

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Wednesday March 11th, 2009 [60:07m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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