Published Jan 14, 2021Tim Bogert — the founding bassist of psych rock heroes Vanilla Fudge and a member of the Beck, Bogert & Appice supergroup — has died. The famed player passed away on Wednesday (January 13) following a battle with cancer. He was 76.
Vanilla Fudge bandmate Carmine Appice confirmed the sad news, writing the following tribute on Facebook:
He was like a brother to me. He was my friend for over 50 years. Tim was a one of a kind bass player. He inspired many, many bass players worldwide. He was as masterful at shredding as he was holding down a groove, and Tim introduced a new level of virtuosity into rock bass playing. No one played like Tim. He created bass solos that drove audiences to a frenzy every time he played one. And he played a different solo every night. He was the last of the legendary Sixties bass players.
Bogert played with Vanilla Fudge in the band's original lineup, releasing five albums with the group between 1967 and 1969. After the band broke up, Bogert joined Appice in the proto heavy metal group Cactus, with the pair later joining Jeff Beck in the supergroup Beck, Bogert & Appice, who released a self-titled album in 1973.
Strangely enough, the Beck, Bogert & Appice album featured the first recorded version of the Stevie Wonder superhit "Superstition," with Bogert on led vocals. "Superstition" was originally a collaboration between Wonder and Beck.
Bogert would later collaborate with Beck in the Jeff Beck Group, as well as the Bob Weir side-project Bobby and the Midnites.