Accomplished bass guitarist who played on many albums, including Pet Sounds (the Beach Boys' eleventh recording). She also recorded tracks with Simon & Garfunkel, Sonny & Cher, and numerous other musicians.
She began working as a guitar teacher when she was still in her teens and later began her musical career as a Los Angeles-based jazz and bebop guitarist.
She grew up in Washington state as the daughter of musicians Dot and Clyde Smith.
She played on Ritchie Valens' popular track "La Bamba."