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Husband of Carol Kaye, Bio, Age, Net Worth, Kids, Height, Accident

Husband of Carol Kaye, Bio, Age, Net Worth, Kids, Height, Accident

Facts of Carol Smith

Full Name:Carol Smith
Birth Date:March 24, 1935
Age:89 years
Country:United States
Height: 5 feet 2 inches (1.57m)
DivorceDavid Fireman, Al Kaye, Spider Webb
Net Worth$8 million
Eye ColorBrown
Hair ColorBrown
Birth PlaceEverett, Washington
EducationEastman School of Music
FatherClyde George Smith
MotherEmma Dorothy
KidsGwyn Kaye and Peggy Kaye
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An American musician Carol Kaye gained media attention as one of the most prolific recorded bass guitarists in rock and pop music. In her 65 yeras of music career Carol has an estimated 10,000 recordings on her name. She used to perform in the Los Angeles jazz and big band circuit. Carol was also the most demanded session player of the 1960s and played numerous hit songs. In the 1960’s she got the opportunity to play on film soundtracks. 

Carol Kaye’s Early Life

Carol Kaye was born on March 24, 1935, in Everett, Washington, United States. As of 2023, she is 88 years old. She cuts her birthday cake every year on the 24th of March. Her full name is Carol Smith and her zodiac sign is Aries. Carol’s father’s name was Clyde George Smith and her mother’s name was Emma Dorothy.

Carol Kaye with her parents
Caption: Carol Kaye with her parents (Photo: History link)

Carol’s father has performed in major bands as a jazz trombonist. She was one of three children of her parents. Carol holds American citizenship and belongs to white ethnic background. She follows Judaism as a religion. Carol completed her graduation from Eastman School of Music.

Carol Kaye Married Three Times

She was married to three husbands. She was first in a marital relationship with Al Kaye. Al Kaye was her first husband. Her first husband was a musician by profession. He was 22 years older than Carol. Their relationship didn’t last long so they got separated sooner. The reason for their divorce was her husband had a drinking problem.

Then she married David Fireman. Carol and David tied their wedding knot in 1961. The couple’s relationship didn’t last long. After staying together for 4 years they got separated in 1964. The reason for their separation was her second husband did not approve of her job’s late hours, and also he didn’t like when she was performing with black musicians.

Again, Carol married Spider Webb. Her third husband was a jazz drummer and studio musician by profession. Besides, her marriage she used to learn guitar lessons from Horace Hatchett. Horace was her instructor. At the age of 16, she gave birth to her first child of Horace.

Carol Kaye’s Children

Carol has two children with her different husband. She had a son with her first husband and one daughter with her second husband. The name of her son is Gwyn Kaye and the name of her daughter is Peggy Kaye. She got custody of her children.

Carol Kaye with her daughter
Caption: Carol Kaye with her daughter (Photo: Reddit)

Carol Kaye’s Net Worth

Carol’s net worth is $8 million as of 2023. She earns this million amount from her career as an American musician. According to some online resources, the average salary of an American musician is $70,318 every year. She must be earning the same amount from her profession as a musician.

Carol Kaye performing at concert
Caption: Carol Kaye performing at a concert (Photo: Quora)

Professional career of Carol Kaye

  • Carol is an American musician.
  • She made her musical debut in 1949.
  • In 1957, she started doing session work through a connection at gold star Studios. 
  • Carol was able to land jobs with producers Phil Spector and Brian Wilson.
  • Also, she had role in the 2008 film The Wrecking Crew.
Carol Kaye singing her song
Caption: Carol Kaye singing her song (Photo: Music Musing )
  • Carol worked with Fender to create a lighter version of the Precision Bass that was easier on her back and more pleasant to play.
  • Kaye made contributions to a variety of musical movements, including surf rock and the Phil Spector female groups.
  • Besides, musician Kaye is also a teacher.
  • Kaye has received widespread accolades as one of the best session bassists of all time.

Music & Books

Some of Carol’s other movie soundtrack and theme songs are The Addams Family, Green Acres, Hogan’s Heroes, The Brady Bunch, Love American Style, Bullitt, The Thomas Crown Affair, and so on.

Aside from her music career, she has also some books in her name. The name of the book is Guitar Sightreading Studies by Carol Kaye, Jazz Improv for Bass, Pro’s Jazz Phrases Book, Jazz Bass CD and Guide, etc.

FAQ of Carol Kaye

Where does Carol Kaye live now?

Carol Kaye lives in Washington, United States. It is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the Western United States.

How tall is Carol Kaye?

Carol stands 5 feet 2 inches tall and her body weight is 59 kg. Similarly, she has an alluring pair of brown eyes. Moreover, her hair color is brown.

Was Carol Kaye involved in an accident?

Yes, Carol was involved in a car wreck in 1976. She was semi-retired from music. After undergoing corrective surgery for damage sustained in the accident Kaye returned to playing and recording in 1994.

Was Carol Kaye the only female performer on the Pet Sounds album?

Yes, Carol was only the female performer on the Pet Sounds album. She was the only female member of an informal, unheralded lineup of talented drummers, guitarists, percussionists, piano, and horn players.

Is Carol Kaye still alive?

Carol is still alive and healthy. She is living a comfortable life with her family.