couldn't possibly receive enough honors as far as I'm concerned.You
were the first one and the only one for a very long time,
before women even thought about the bass. Ironically, I was
doing a radio interview the other day and the lead-in was
'So Long, Babe' on which you were so fabulous. You made the
entire track.I am definitely your biggest fan, and I love
you so much. You have no idea of the images I carry of you
and us, and we have never talked about the old days, really.
Maybe someday soon we will be able to!
Quincy Jones in his book "Q - The Autobriography of Quincy
"The Fender bass player Carol Kaye.....could do anything and
men in the dust."
Berklee Bass Dept., Rich Appleman and Teaching Staff:
"Your seminars were the very best in over 25 years here".
Bill Lynn Purse, Mark Koch, Ken Karsh, Jeff Mangone at Duquesne
Univ. Pittsburgh: "You're the best performer and best seminarist
Griffin: "I love Carol Kaye, she's the best."
Rawls: "Carol played great on all my hits (60's) and
she was cool."
Roberts: "Carol, you're the greatest."
singer Joe Williams: "Carol Kaye, as black as she
wants to be".
(quoted from People's World review).
Golson says: "I used Carol Kaye on bass because I liked
what she did and the way she did it. She had a certain something
about her concept in playing....I didn't have to write everything
out...I just gave her the chords.Another thing I liked about her,
when people have an abundance of talent, they can become a little
arrogant...but that was not so with her."
Axelrod: "The funkiest......CarolKaye."
Billy Strange: "Carol you're the greatest bass player
in the world. Everyone knows it. Your sound and feel are the most
distinctive electric bass sounds ever!"
East says: "Carol Kaye is someone I not only consider
as a dear friend, but one of my first bass teachers through her
bass method books. I'll never forget the thrill of learning her
bass line to the Bill Cosby Show theme. Once I learned it, I was
going around impressing all my friends! Carol has been a major contributor
to the World of Bass and I don't know where we would be without
her. All I can say to Carol is 'Thanks for helping to pave my way!'
May the blessings continue to flow...All the bass!"
Mitch Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix's drummer:"Jimi and
I played with Carol Kaye, the bass player who did a lot of sessions
for Motown after it moved to LA. She was brilliant, scared the sh--
out of me." (from his book about Jimi Hendrix)
Paul: "Carol Kaye's got it all together, she's great!"
Botkin: "As you know, I loved having you on my dates.You
always played great and always picked up my spirits. The "business"and
the fans were and are lucky to have you around, sweetheart.You're
Carter: "Carol, you were the best on Fender bass and
a large part of our music business."
Bernhardt, vip trombonist, Emcee of Big Band Academy: "Carol
Kaye, I forgive you for putting the Fender Bass on the map."
Johnson, #1 recording jazz saxman (Pink Panther): "I
enjoyed 'Thumbs Up', everyone played well."
Hollywood 1960s Motown Producer Hal Davis quote from "Bass Heroes" book: "Yes, Carol Kaye did do the Motown hits she claims. "
taught me more about the bass than is decent." - Sting