Charlotte Caffey Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Martha Martins
Nov 17, 2023 By Martha Martins
Originally Published on May 08, 2022
Charlotte Caffey is 'The Go-Go's' lead guitarist and composer.
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About Charlotte Caffey

Charlotte Irene Caffey is an American rock and roll musician and songwriter.
She is renowned for her '80s band 'The Go-Go's,' an American rock band based out of Los Angeles, where she performed as the lead guitarist, keyboardist, and vocal backup. The band is still considered the most successful all-female rock band worldwide.
Prior to switching to guitar, Charlotte Caffey played the bass in a punk band, 'The Eyes.' She is the daughter of television director Michael Caffey, who directed several top-grossing movies and television shows, including 'Hawkeye,' 'Buck Rogers In The 25th Century,' 'The Hanged Man,' 'Wonder Woman,' and ‘The Boy Who Stole The Elephant.’
While performing with 'The Go-Go's,' Charlotte wrote the single, ‘We Got The Beat’ for the studio album ‘Beauty And The Beat.’ It ranked number two on the Billboard Hot 100. And the album triumphantly stayed at the top of the Billboard 200 for six weeks straight.

Charlotte Caffey's Net Worth, Earnings, And Spending Habits

What is Charlotte Caffey's net worth?

Caffey’s source of income is from her career as a successful musician or songwriter. Her estimated net worth is $8 million.

How much does Charlotte Caffey earn per year?

A precise estimate of how much Charlotte Caffey earns per year is not available.

Height, Age, And Physical Attributes

How tall is Charlotte Caffey?

Charlotte Caffey is 5 ft 1 in (157 cm) tall.

How old is Charlotte Caffey?

Born on October 21, 1953, Caffey is 68 years old.

Childhood And Education

Charlotte Caffey was born in Glendale, California, on October 21, 1953. She was the fourth child of the twelve children born to Ann Gorey and Michael Caffey.
Her father was a renowned American movie and television director from the mid-'60s to the '90s. Caffey graduated from Immaculate Heart College, a Catholic college in Los Angeles.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Charlotte Caffey's partner?

Charlotte Caffey, lead guitar and songwriter for 'The Go-Go's,' married Jeff McDonald in 1993. He was the lead singer and guitarist of rock, power pop band 'Redd Kross.' In 1995, Jeff McDonald and Caffey had a daughter, Astrid McDonald. Astrid is a singer and a model.
Caffey’s brother-in-law is Steven Shane McDonald, the co-founder of 'Red Kross,' and is married to Anna Waronker, the frontwoman of 'That Dog.'

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Charlotte Caffey began her music career in 1978 as a bass guitarist in the punk band 'The Eyes.' She then joined the Los Angeles-based American rock band 'The Go-Go's' as a lead guitarist and began playing gigs at nightclubs. The band consisted of Caffey (lead guitarist), Belinda Carlisle (lead vocalist), Jane Wiedlin (guitarist), Gina Schock, and Kathy Valentine. They frequently played in punk venues, including 'The Masque,' 'Whisky a Go Go,' and 'Mabuhay Gardens.' Due to personal conflicts, they disbanded in 1985. However, the California-born musician stayed in touch with the band's lead vocalist Belinda Carlisle and even wrote songs for Carlisle's solo albums.
In 1987, Caffey formed her own band 'The Graces,' an American pop-rock band, with Gia Ciambotti and Meredith Brooks. The band released an album, 'Perfect View' in 1989 and four singles. Of the four singles they released, their first, 'Lay Down Your Arms,' ranked No.56 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the rest failed to make the mark. The group disbanded in 1992.
Charlotte Caffey also collaborated with other singers or songwriters in creating several memorable masterpieces. It includes playing piano for the album version of 'Foolish Games' by Jewel and co-writing the theme song for 'Clueless,' an American teen television series with Anna Waronker. Caffey also co-wrote 'But For The Grace Of God' with Keith Urban, an Australian country music singer, that topped the US Country hit list.
Once again, Charlotte Caffey collaborated with Anna Waronker and co-wrote the book, lyrics, and music for 'Lovelace: A Rock Musical,' a rock musical about Linda Lovelace, in 2008. Lovelace was a women's liberation advocate that turned Caffey into a composer. The show debuted at the Heyworth Theatre, Los Angeles, in 2008 and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010.
Several of 'The Go Go's' hit singles and Belinda Carlisle's solo singles were featured in the Broadway musical 'Head Over Heels,' a jukebox music comedy, which premiered in 2018.
Charlotte Caffey limited her regular performances and semi-retired in the late '80s due to carpal tunnel syndrome, which results in numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hand.
'The Go-Go's' 11-day reunion was scheduled for May 2020, and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the short West Coast tour scheduled for January 2022 was postponed.
In May 2021, 'The Go-Go's' was inducted into the 'Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame' by Drew Barrymore.

What awards has Charlotte Caffey won?

'Lovelace: A Rock Musical' won Caffey the Back Stage Garland Awards for the Best Musical Score and the Stage Scene LA awards for the Best World Premiere Musical.

Other Interesting Charlotte Caffey Facts And Trivia

The Go-Go's have released four studio albums, 14 singles, and three compilation albums.
Together with her husband, daughter, brother-in-law Steven McDonald and Steve’s wife Anna Waronker, the California-born musician formed the band ‘Ze Malibu Kids.' The band released an album, ‘Sound It Out’ in 2002.
In 2020, a documentary film about 'The Go-Gos' was produced and directed by Alison Ellwood, detailing the band's rise.
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Charlotte Caffey Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Charlotte Irene Caffey

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Place of Birth

Santa Monica



157 cm

Child Star?



American Musician, Songwriter


Immaculate Heart College

Net Worth



Jeff McDonald


Michael Caffey, Ann Caffey


Thomas Caffey, Joyce Caffey
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Written by Martha Martins

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Linguistics

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Martha MartinsBachelor of Arts specializing in Linguistics

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