Charlotte Caffey

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Charlotte Caffey
Caffey (2008)
Caffey (2008)
Background information
Birth nameCharlotte Irene Caffey
Born (1953-10-21) October 21, 1953 (age 66)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
GenresPunk rock, pop rock, new wave
Occupation(s)Guitarist, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, keyboards, bass, piano
Years active1977–present
Associated actsThe Eyes, The Go-Go's, The Graces, Rachel Platten

Charlotte Irene Caffey (born October 21, 1953) is an American rock and roll musician 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 the 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. A number of her songs will be featured in the 2018 debut of the Broadway musical Head Over Heels, with a story suggested by Philip Sidney's Arcadia set to the songs of the Go-Go's and Belinda Carlisle.[2]

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 (nee' Gorey) 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]


With The Go-Go's[edit]

With The Graces[edit]

  • 1989: Perfect View (A&M)

As primary artist/song contributor[edit]

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

As composer[edit]

Also appears on[edit]


  1. ^ a b Charlotte Caffey (August 20, 1996). "SongFacts: Charlotte Caffey". Archived from the original on April 25, 2012. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Go-Go's Musical Head Over Heels Eyes Summer Broadway Bow at the Hudson Theatre". Playbill. January 10, 2018. Retrieved January 29, 2018.

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