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L.A. Weekly article on Carol Kaye

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Stingraymund, Apr 9, 2004.

  1. For those of you in the Los Angeles area, pick up an L.A. Weekly NOW cos the cover story is on the history of the Los Angeles session musician scene. For those of you elsewhere, the article is here:

    Los Angeles Session Musicians article

    AND there's a sidebar article on Carol Kaye!

    Carol Kaye article
  2. BassLand


    Mar 20, 2000
    Lost Angeles
    Here was my letter to the editor of L.A. Weekly:

    Dear Editor,

    There are a series of stories in the current edition about Studio
    Musicians. One article "The Lady At The Bottom", written by Matthew
    Duersten in which the interviewer asked "...Why did you work for
    Motown..." Carol Kaye was being interviewed in this section in
    responding, the name of a tune was mentioned ("Bernadette" by the Four
    Tops) in which the bass part is actually performed by James Jamerson
    of the Funk Brothers. There is some discussion on the web about the
    ongoing claim that Carol Kaye makes regarding bass performances
    generally known to be Jamerson's playing. While they layman may not be
    aware of the subject it is quite active amongst musicians. The claims
    made (but not in your story) also include "I Was Made To Lover Her" by
    Stevie Wonder, and many more of Jamerson's signature recorded
    performances which were not mentioned in the LA Weekly story.

    There is a website called Soulful Detroit
    http://Soulfuldetroit.com/forum/ where her claims have been refuted by
    people who worked for Motown records. My own website
    http://bassland.net/jamerson.html has a story about Jamerson and has
    the research into this matter by Allan Slutsky who wrote the book and
    the film about the Funk Brothers "Standing In The Shadows Of Motown".
    While I do applaud the L.A. Studio musicians getting their just dues
    just like the Funk Brothers, I do have a problem with claims to work
    generally know to have been done by others being printed as fact
    without the other side of this issue being represented. I would hope
    that the LA Weekly has some responsibility to research the matter more
    fully. As a bass player, I feel that assaulting the acheivements and
    the memory of Jamerson who is considered the Father of modern electric
    bass playing appauling to me personally. In the article the Motown
    question seemed to come out of nowhere so I suspect there was more
    discussion on this subject that was not printed in the story.

    There is a Usenet newsgroup alt.guitar.bass where the LA Weekly story
    has been discussed that might bear some looking into also. Thank you
    in advance for looking at this matter.


    Bob Lee
  3. Their styles are rather different, not to mention the fact that Jamerson is a fingerstyle player and Kaye traditionally plays with a pick. So isn't it not that hard to distinguish between them?
  4. hateater

    hateater snatch canadian cream

    May 4, 2001
    Eugene, OR

    You wouldn't think so...

    However, a friend of mine is good friends with Carol, and he swears on the bible that it is her playing on those tracks. I however, do not believe it was her.
  5. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    She just can't stop, can she? I think I mentioned this before... she's like your old crazy uncle, who's war stories get bigger at every Thanksgiving dinner.
  6. narud

    narud Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2001
    santa maria,california

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