Bassist and singer Tim Bogert passed away on January 13, 2021, at the age of 76.
(Photo: Klaus Hiltscher - Flickr)
He was born on August 27, 1944 in New York as John Voorhis "Tim" Bogert III.
He was one of the first bassists to use the distortion effect for a bass guitar and his playing was unique and groundbreaking.
In 1967 he formed "Vanilla Fudge", together with the legendary drummer Carmine Appice. "Vanilla Fudge" has been the connecting factor between Psychedelia and Metal and has greatly influenced artists like "The Nice", "Deep Purple", "Yes", "Styx", "Led Zeppelin" and "Uriah Heep".
The band released 5 albums in a two-year period between 1967 and 1969, with Tim serving as bassist, singer and co-writer. The band managed to attract a lot of attention from critics and fans already on the first album which included an amazing cover of the song "You Keep Me Hangin' On" first performed by "the Supremes".
In 1970 Bogart and Carmine formed the band "Cactus" which released four albums within two years, including the excellent debut album 'Ot' n 'Sweaty from 1972.
In 1972 he teamed up with legendary guitarist Jeff Beck to form the Power Trio "Beck, Bogert & Appice", where he performed, among others, an amazing cover of Stevie Wonder's song "Superstition".
In 1975 he played on the album "The 20th Anniversary of Rock 'n' Roll all-star" by Bo Diddley.
Tim later reunite with "Vanilla Fudge" and was part of the bands "Bobby and the Midnites" and "Hollywood Monsters" which also included drummer Vinny Appice keyboardist Don Airey and singer Paul Di'Anno.