Tim Bogert — founding bassist of the psychedelic rock band Vanilla Fudge and member of the supergroup Beck, Bogert, and Appice — died Wednesday on the age of 76 following a battle with most cancers, Deadline reports.
Bogert’s loss of life was confirmed by his long-time bandmate and drummer Carmine Appice, who performed alongside Bogert in Vanilla Fudge, Cactus and Beck, Bogert and Appice, the place the 2 have been joined by guitarist Jeff Beck.
“He was like a brother to me. He was my buddy for over 50 years,” Appice wrote in a Facebook tribute. “Tim was a certainly one of a sort bass participant. He impressed many, many bass gamers worldwide. He was as masterful at shredding as he was holding down a groove, and Tim launched a brand new stage of virtuosity into rock bass enjoying. Nobody performed like Tim. He created bass solos that drove audiences to a frenzy each time he performed one. And he performed a special solo each evening. He was the final of the legendary Sixties bass gamers.”
Vanilla Fudge, in its unique incarnation with Bogert, launched 5 albums between 1967 and 1969, together with their self-titled debut album, which featured the band’s largest hit, a canopy of the Supremes’ “You Maintain Me Hanging On.” The group disbanded in 1970 however would reform all through the following 5 a long time, with Bogert collaborating in varied reunions — together with their 2007 album Out Via the in Door, a set of Led Zeppelin covers — till his retirement from touring in 2009.
Following their tenure in Vanilla Fudge, Bogert and Appice shaped the early heavy steel group Cactus, which launched 4 albums between 1970 and 1972. After that band’s cut up, Bogert and Appice have been joined by Beck to type the one-off supergroup Beck, Bogert, and Appice, with the trio releasing an eponymous LP in 1973. That album additionally featured the primary recorded model of Stevie Surprise’s “Superstition” — initially a collaboration between Surprise and Beck, with Bogert on lead vocals for the trio’s take — however Surprise launched his solo Speaking E-book model earlier than the BB&A album got here out.
Bogert would later tour with the Jeff Beck Group, Rick Derringer, and, briefly, the Bob Weir facet undertaking Bobby and the Midnites.
“I cherished Tim like a brother. He can be missed very a lot in my life. I’ll miss calling him, cracking jokes collectively, speaking music, and remembering the nice instances we had collectively, and the way we created kick-ass music collectively,” Appice wrote Wednesday. “Maybe the one benefit of realizing somebody near you is struggling a critical sickness, is you have got a chance to inform them that you just love them, and why you’re keen on them. I did that, so much. I used to be touched to listen to it mentioned again to me. Nothing was left unsaid between us and I’m grateful for that. I extremely suggest it. Relaxation in peace, my companion. I really like you. See you on the opposite facet.”