Charlotte Caffey

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Charlotte Caffey
The Go-Gos - Charlotte Caffey on guitar.jpg
Charlotte Caffey (2008)
Background information
Birth name Charlotte Irene Caffey
Born (1953-10-21) October 21, 1953 (age 63)
Origin Santa Monica, California
Occupation(s) Guitarist, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, keyboards, bass
Years active 1977–present
Associated acts The Eyes, The Go-Go's, The Graces

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".

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.[1] 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.[1]

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.

Personal life[edit]

Charlotte Caffey (2008)

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.[2]

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


  1. ^ a b Charlotte Caffey (1996-08-20). "SongFacts: Charlotte Caffey". Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  2. ^ Go-Go's Discography and Biography at Mr Bill's I.R.S. Records Corner Archived August 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.

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