Friday, January 15, 2021

Vanilla Fudge bassist Tim Bogert dead at 76

Vanilla Fudge bassist Tim Bogert died January 13 at the age of 76 after a long battle with cancer.

A founding member of three successful bands, Bogert is best known for his innovative bass playing and vocals in Vanilla Fudge, Cactus and the supergroup Beck Bogert & Appice, which also included Jeff Beck and Carmine Appice.

An award winning musician, Bogert was widely regarded as one of the most influential bass players on the contemporary music scene.

“I loved Tim like a brother,” says Appice. “He will be missed very much in my life. I will miss calling him, cracking jokes together, talking music and remembering the great times we had together, and how we created kick-ass music together.

“Perhaps the only good thing about knowing someone close to you is suffering a serious illness is you have an opportunity to tell them that you love them, and why you love them. I did that, a lot. I was touched to hear it said back to me. Nothing was left unsaid between us and I’m grateful for that.”

“I met Tim Bogert when we were just teenagers,” remembers Vanilla Fudge lead vocalist and keyboardist Mark Stein. “We both loved the same music and shared the same vision of becoming famous. In short time we walked together as Kings. I am deeply saddened by his passing. Tim Bogert wowed the world with his incredible bass playing and undoubtedly was a powerful influence on many of the great bass players that came after him. I will miss him.”

“Tim will now live in Eternity where he will rock out to heavenly rhythms,” adds Vanilla Fudge guitarist Vince Martell. “The rest of the Fudge will see you there one day.”

The Long Island,NY-based Vanilla Fudge issued their self-titled debut in 1967 and scored a hit with their psychedelic rock version of The Supremes’ classic, “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”, with both the single and album reaching No. 6 on the US charts.

The band released five albums before disbanding in 1970, after which Bogert and Appice formed the blues-rock quartet Cactus; four records later, they split in 1972, with the pair going on to team up with Jeff Beck in the power trio Beck Bogert & Appice.

Bogert also worked with his own band, as well as Journey vocalist Steve Perry, Rod Stewart, and Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir, among others; following a motorcycle accident, the rocker retired from touring in 2010.