Tuesday, August 27, 2013

August 27: bassist/vocalist Tim Bogert of Vanilla Fudge- “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” – is 69-years-old today.

John Voorhis "Tim" Bogert III was born August 27, 1944 in Ridgefield, New Jersey.He is best known for his bass solos and his work with Vanilla Fudge - known for their psychedelic renditions of popular songs - Cactus and the power trio; Beck, Bogert & Appice.

Vanilla Fudge's original lineup in addition to Tim Bogert, included vocalist/organist Mark Stein, bassist/vocalist Tim Bogert, lead guitarist/vocalist Vince Martell, and drummer/vocalist Carmine Appice—recorded five albums during the years 1966–69, before disbanding in 1970.

The band has reunited in various configurations over the years, and is currently operating with three of the four original members, Mark Stein, Vince Martell, and Carmine Appice with Pete Bremy on bass for Tim Bogert who has retired from touring. The band has been cited as "one of the few American links between psychedelia and what soon became heavy metal."
Vanilla Fudge

Stein and Bogert played in a local band called Rick Martin & The Showmen. The pair were so impressed by The Young Rascals they decided to form their own band with Martell and Rick Martin's drummer, Joey Brennan. Originally calling themselves The Pigeons, they changed the name to Vanilla Fudge in 1966, after the replacement of Brennan by Appice. The group was then "discovered" and managed by reputed Lucchese crime family member Phillip Basile, who operated several popular clubs in New York.

The band's biggest hit was its cover of "You Keep Me Hangin' On On March 14, 1970, Vanilla Fudge played a farewell concert at the Phil Basille's Action House. After that, Bogert & Appice departed to form another group, Cactus.

Bobby and the Midnites
 In 1972, they left Cactus and formed Beck, Bogert & Appice with guitarist Jeff Beck. As a member of the post second Jeff Beck Group, also known as Jeff Beck Group he toured Europe, Japan and US from January 1972 until January 1974.

Bogert then joined up with Bobby & The Midnites, a musical side project assembled by guitarist and vocalist Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead. Bogert left before their eponymous album was released.

During 1981 Bogert toured with guitarist Rick Derringer and released an album Progressions. He recorded his second album Master's Brew in 1983 and recorded Mystery with Vanilla Fudge in 1984. In 1981 Bogert became a faculty member at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood.

In 1993 he worked with the Japanese guitarist Pata, also with Carmine Appice and they recorded the album Pata. In early 1999 The Hollywood Rock Walk of Fame recognised Tim Bogert's contribution to rock history.

Later in 1999, he worked with Triality, and Shelter Me. In 2000 Bogert and Carmine Appice formed the power trio DBA with Rick Derringer and toured with Vanilla Fudge. During 2009 Bogert joined blues-rock trio Blues Mobile Band and recorded “Blues Without Borders” (2009) in Los Angeles.

In 2010 Bogert, with Mike Onesko on guitar & vocals and Emery Ceo on drums (both from the Blindside Blues Band), recorded Big Electric Cream Jam, a 10-track live tribute to Cream.

For more about Tim, visit his Website at –



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