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Charlotte Caffey

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Role  Guitarist
Spouse  Jeff McDonald (m. 1993)
Years active  1977–present
Children  Astrid McDonald
Name  Charlotte Caffey

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Born  October 21, 1953 (age 62) (1953-10-21)
Origin  Santa Monica, California
Instruments  Guitar, keyboards, bass
Associated acts  The Eyes, The Go-Go's, The Graces
Music groups  The Go-Go's (Since 1978), The Graces
Similar People  Gina Schock, Jane Wiedlin, Kathy Valentine, Belinda Carlisle, Jeff McDonald

Birth name  Charlotte Irene Caffey
Occupation(s)  Guitarist, songwriter

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Charlotte Irene Caffey (born October 21, 1953, Santa Monica, California) is an American rock and roll guitarist and songwriter, best known for her work in the Go-Go's in the 1980s, including writing "We Got the Beat".


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Caffey began her musical career as a bass guitar player in the early Los Angeles punk band The Eyes before joining the Go-Go's in 1978 and switching to guitar. She remained friends with fellow band member Belinda Carlisle after the initial break up of the Go-Go's and wrote songs for Carlisle's solo albums.

From 1988 till 1992, she led her own band, The Graces, with Meredith Brooks and Gia Ciambotti, who released an album Perfect View in 1989. Caffey also co-wrote the theme song to the television series Clueless with Anna Waronker, and played piano on the album version of "Foolish Games" by Jewel, as well as co-writing the No. 1 U.S. country hit "But for the Grace of God" with Keith Urban.

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Caffey wrote the book, music, and lyrics for Lovelace: A Rock Musical with Anna Waronker. The rock musical debuted at the Hayworth Theatre in Los Angeles in 2008. A new production of Lovelace: A Rock Musical made its United Kingdom debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2010.

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Personal life


She grew up in Glendale, California, and graduated from Immaculate Heart College. She is also in Ze Malibu Kids with her husband, the Redd Kross singer and guitarist, Jeff McDonald. Their only child, a daughter named Astrid, was born in 1995.

She was the third of thirteen children born to Ann and Michael Caffey, a well-known television director from the mid-1960s on into the 1990s. Charlotte semi-retired in the late 1980s because of crippling carpal tunnel syndrome.

Her brother Tom composes music for films; his most recent work was the trailer for 10,000 BC.

With The Go-Go's

  • 1981: Beauty and the Beat (I.R.S.)
  • 1982: Vacation (I.R.S.)
  • 1984: Talk Show (I.R.S.)
  • 2001: God Bless The Go-Go's (Beyond Music)
  • With The Graces

  • 1989: Perfect View (A&M)
  • As primary artist/song contributor

  • 1984: various artists - The Wild Life - Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (MCA) - track 10, "No Trespassing" (with Louise Goffin)
  • As composer

  • 1987: Andy Summers - XYZ (MCA) - track 8, "XYZ" (co-written with Andy Summers)
  • 1987: Belinda Carlisle - Heaven On Earth (MCA) - track 4, "Should I Let You In?" (co-written with Mark Holden); track 7, "We Can Change" (co-written with Rick Nowels); track 9, "Nobody Owns Me" (co-written with Mark Holden and Clyde Lieberman); track 12, "Love Never Dies..." (co-written with Rick Nowels and Thomas Caffey)
  • 1989: Belinda Carlisle - Runaway Horses (MCA / Virgin) - track 10, "Shades of Michaelangelo" (co-written with Belinda Carlisle)
  • 1991: Belinda Carlisle - Live Your Life Be Free (Virgin / MCA) - track 10, "World of Love" (co-written with Jeff McDonald and Steve McDonald)
  • 1992: Poison Idea - Pajama Party (Vinyl Solution / Tim/Kerr) - track 3, "We Got the Beat"
  • 1996: Belinda Carlisle - A Woman and a Man (Chrysalis) - track 9, "Kneel At Your Feet" (co-written with Tom Caffey and Belinda Carlisle)
  • 1997: Redd Kross - Show World (Universal) - track 12, "Get Out of Myself" (co-written with Jeff McDonald and Steve McDonald)
  • 1998: Hole - Celebrity Skin (DGC) - track 5, "Reasons to be Beautiful" (co-written with Jordon Zadorozny)
  • 1998: Penelope Houston - Tongue (Reprise) - track 2, "Tongue" (co-written with Penelope Houston and Jane Wiedlin)
  • 1998: Sabrina the Teenage Witch: The Album (Geffen) - track 12, "Smash" (co-written with Jane Wiedlin and the Murmurs)
  • 2001: Birgit - Few Like Me (Virgin) Netherlands - track 2, "Oblivious" (co-written with Jennifer Day and Kevin Savigar)
  • 2003: The Bangles - Doll Revolution (Koch) - track 3, "Something That You Said" (co-written with Susanna Hoffs and Vicki Peterson)
  • 2011: James Durbin - Memories of a Beautiful Disaster (Wind-up) - track 3, "Love In Ruins" (co-written with Anna Waronker and Steve McDonald)
  • 2012: Redd Kross - Researching the Blues (Merge) - track 1, "Researching the Blues" (co-written with Anna Waronker and Steve McDonald)
  • Also appears on

  • 1980: The Specials - More Specials (2 Tone) - backing vocals
  • 1982: Robert Williams - Late One Night (A&M) - vocals on track 8, "Gotta Be Nice"
  • 1986: Belinda Carlisle - Belinda (I.R.S.) - vocals, guitar
  • 1988: Blake Xolton - Cool on My Skin (New Rose) - vocals
  • 1995: Jewel - Pieces of You (Atlantic) - arranger, piano
  • 1998: Penelope Houston - Tongue (Reprise) - guitar, vocals on track 2, "Tongue"
  • References

    Charlotte Caffey Wikipedia

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