“Carol Kaye” on KCRW’s Top Tune today!

Today's Top Tune

We’re thrilled to have KCRW in our corner.  They were one of the first stations to spin from July Flame, and Laura is scheduled to play the influential Morning Becomes Eclectic in February.

Recently the Santa Monica based station made a special request to include “Carol Kaye”–an homage to the  So. Cal session bass player legend who played on countless top 40 hits–in their Today’s Top Tune podcast:

On her new record, July Flame, singer Laura Veirs pays tribute to Carol Kaye, a bassist who was part of a practically invisible band called the Wrecking Crew that backed everyone from The Beach Boys to Glen Campbell to Ray Charles and never got the attention they deserved. Today’s Top Tune features vocals from Jim James (My Morning Jacket/Monsters of Folk) and is lovingly titled “Carol Kaye“.

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  • guyha

    December 16, 2009 at 7:21 am

    Cool. I really like this song, and I thought it was about Carol King :)

    Also – Jim James? Cool! Didn’t think for a minute it was him (always thought it was some part of Fleet Foxes), but that actually sounds really logical.

    And who sings backup on “Make something good”?

  • Paul

    December 27, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Dutch TV NPS just did a 5+ minute tribute to Carol Kaye as part of their Top 2000 hits programme. It had a short interview with Carol, her playing with Brian Wilson and a short overview of some of the hits she was bass player in. She also played guitar in big bands and Jazz bands. Great woman and a great musician. The special also showed clips of the Laura Veirs song. I hope there are still tickets for the Amsterdam concert

  • Lyn

    February 26, 2010 at 9:54 am

    I teach a course on women and popular music for college music students. I *love* that you sing my Carol Kaye lecture! From now on instead of writing all those tunes on the board & talking about CK, I’ll play this tune for them, then we’ll all sing it (right after listening to “Help Me Rhonda,” of course).

  • Jake

    March 1, 2010 at 7:38 am

    I think it might be bill callahan on ‘make something good’

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