Tim Bogert

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Tim Bogert
Bogert with Beck, Bogert & Appice, 1972
Bogert with Beck, Bogert & Appice, 1972
Background information
Birth nameJohn Voorhis Bogert III
Born(1944-08-27)August 27, 1944
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedJanuary 13, 2021(2021-01-13) (aged 76)
Simi Valley, California, U.S.
GenresBlues rock, hard rock, psychedelic rock, heavy metal
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
Instrument(s)Bass, vocals
Years active1965–2021
LabelsAtlantic, Atco, Epic,Grooveyard Records Repertoire
WebsiteTim Bogert.com

John Voorhis "Tim" Bogert III[1] (August 27, 1944 – January 13, 2021) was an American musician. As a bass guitarist and vocalist he was best known for his powerful vocal ability and his fast runs, fluid agility and ground-breaking sound on his Fender Precision bass. He was one of the pioneers of using distortion with his bass to help it cut through the mix with the low-powered amps of his time which also imparted a very sharp-edged sound to it. He was a frequent collaborator with drummer Carmine Appice; the duo performed in such bands as Vanilla Fudge,[2] Cactus and the power trio Beck, Bogert & Appice.[3]

Early life[edit]

He graduated in 1963 from Ridgefield Memorial High School in his hometown of Ridgefield, New Jersey.[4]


Vanilla Fudge was formed by Tim Bogert along with Mark Stein, Vince Martell, and Carmine Appice. They recorded five albums during the years 1967–69, before disbanding in 1970. The band has reunited in various configurations over the years.[citation needed]

In 1970 Bogert formed the hard rock band Cactus[5] with drummer Carmine Appice, guitarist Jim McCarty and lead vocalist Rusty Day. He then played with guitarist Jeff Beck, after the second Jeff Beck Group had disbanded in 1972 and eventually became a member of the power trio Beck, Bogert & Appice, late in 1972. As a member of the post-second Jeff Beck Group, also known as Jeff Beck Group, he toured Europe, Japan and the U.S. from January 1972 until January 1974. In late 1975, he played bass guitar on Bo Diddley's The 20th Anniversary of Rock 'n' Roll all-star album.

Bogert then joined up with Bobby and the Midnites,[6] a musical side project assembled by guitarist and vocalist Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead. Despite touring with the group, Bogert left before their eponymous album was released and was replaced by Alphonso Johnson. He then joined UK group Boxer and played on their final album "Absolutely" in 1977 – he had co-writing credits on three tracks on this album. The album and subsequent tour met with an indifferent response and the band had folded by 1978. 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 Japanese guitarist Pata, recording the latter's self-titled album.[7]

In early 1999 The Hollywood Rock Walk of Fame recognised Tim Bogert's contribution to rock history. That year, he teamed up with Appice and Char to tour Japan in a unit called CB&A, with a live album released the following year.[7] Later in 1999 Bogert 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.[citation needed]

In 2010 Bogert, with Mike Onesko on guitar and vocals and Emery Ceo on drums (both from the Blindside Blues Band), recorded Big Electric Cream Jam, a 10-track live tribute to Cream Live at The Beachland Ballroom Euclid Ohio.[citation needed]

Tim Bogert was also a part of the then Los Angeles based, The McGrath Project featuring Gary McGrath (Grammy Award winning producer), Chet McCracken (Doobie Brothers and America) Dean Minnerly (Three Dog Night and Aretha Franklin touring member) and Ann-Marita. They did three records, self titled, “Love is a Four Letter Word” and “Phoenix” released under 4818 Records.

In early 2014 Bogert joined hard rock band Hollywood Monsters where he played on the album Big Trouble (on three tracks) which was released in 2014 on Mausoleum Records. The album features Steph Honde on vocals and guitars, Vinny Appice on drums, Don Airey on keyboards and Paul Di'Anno on lead vocals on the bonus track.[8]

Personal life and Death[edit]

In 2010, Bogert "reluctantly" retired from touring due to a motorcycle accident. He died on January 13, 2021, from cancer.[9] He is survived by his wife, Veda Vaughn Bogert, and his son John Voorhis Bogert IV.


With Vanilla Fudge[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Year
Vanilla Fudge 1967
The Beat Goes On 1968
Near the Beginning 1969
Rock & Roll
Mystery 1984
The Return 2002
Out Through the In Door 2007
Spirit of '67 2015


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"You Keep Me Hangin' On"

b/w "Take Me for a Little While"

1967 6 8 18 Vanilla Fudge
"Eleanor Rigby Part 1" (UK-only release)

b/w "Eleanor Rigby Part 2"

"Where Is My Mind"

b/w "The Look of Love" (Non-album track)

1968 73 The Best of Vanilla Fudge
"Season of the Witch, Pt. 1"

b/w "Season of the Witch, Pt. 2"

65 52 Renaissance
"You Keep Me Hangin' On"

b/w "Come by Day, Come by Night" (Non-album track)

6 2 Vanilla Fudge

b/w "Good Good Lovin'" (Non-album track)

68 59 Near the Beginning
"Take Me for a Little While"

b/w "Thoughts" (from Renaissance)

38 45 Vanilla Fudge
"Some Velvet Morning"

b/w "People" (Non-album track)

1969 103 69 Near the Beginning
"Need Love"

b/w "I Can't Make It Alone"

111 Rock & Roll
"Lord in the Country"

b/w "The Windmills of Your Mind"


b/w "The Stranger"

1984 Mystery

With Beck, Bogert & Appice[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Year
Beck, Bogert & Appice 1973

Live albums[edit]

Title Year
Beck, Bogert & Appice Live (in Japan) 1973


A-Side B-Side Released
Black Cat Moan Livin' Alone February 16, 1973
I'm So Proud Oh to Love You May 28, 1973
Lady Oh to Love You July 16, 1973

With Cactus[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Year
Cactus 1970
One Way... or Another 1971
'Ot 'N' Sweaty 1972
Cactus V 2006

Live albums

  • Tokyo Nights (2014)


Title Year
"You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover" 1970
"Long Tall Sally" 1971
"Token Chokin'"
"Evil" 1972
Bringing Me Down


  1. ^ Greg Prato. "Tim Bogert". Allmusic.com. Retrieved February 15, 2009.
  2. ^ Steve Huey. "Vanilla Fudge". Allmusic.com. Retrieved February 15, 2009.
  3. ^ Hjort and Hinman. Jeff's book: A Chronology of Jeff Beck's Career 1965–1980. pp. 80, 101–103, 105, 107, 119, 120, 122, 123, 125, 126, 128, 129, 131, 133, 134, 136, 139, 142, 143, 144, 146–149, 151.
  4. ^ Atkinson, Rick. "This Winter Is Johnny, And His Music Is Hot", The Record, May 14, 1971. Accessed January 17, 2022. "For Cactus, this was more than just another show. This was more of a homecoming, since Tim Bogert comes from Ridgefield."
  5. ^ Jim Newsom. "Cactus". Allmusic.com. Retrieved February 15, 2009.
  6. ^ Pareles, Jon. Bobby and the Midnites concert review, New York Times, August 31, 1984 retrieved 18 October 2021
  7. ^ a b "Tim Bogert Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  8. ^ "Hollywood Monsters Signs With Mausoleum". Rock N Growl Records. May 5, 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  9. ^ January 13, Ultimate Classic Rock StaffPublished; 2021. "Tim Bogert, Vanilla Fudge + Cactus Bassist, Reportedly Dies at 76". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved January 14, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)


  • Hjort, Chris and Hinman, Doug. Jeff's book : A chronology of Jeff Beck's career 1965–1980 : from the Yardbirds to Jazz-Rock. Rock 'n' Roll Research Press, (2000). ISBN 0-9641005-3-3

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