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Bassist with Jeff Beck, Vanilla Fudge, Cactus was 76 – Deadline

Tim Bogert, who was a part of major acts such as Vanilla Fudge and Cactus, and later in super-group Beck, Bogert & Appice, today died of cancer at age 76. His death was confirmed by his former teammate Carmine Appice.

At his death he was working with Beck and Appice on an upcoming live album by Beck, Bogert & Appice

Bogert has long been considered one of the great rock bassists at the genre’s heyday in the 1960s and 1970s, one of the few early rockers whose solos could hold an audience.

The Musicians Institute, a Hollywood music school where Bogert taught, issued a statement mourning his disappearance.

“Today we mourn the loss of our friend and former teacher, #TimBogert. A statement from MI Bass instructor Maurice Verloop: MI and the global bass community were very fortunate to know one of the great pioneers of bass guitar in our lifetime. We celebrate his contributions as an artist, educator and human being. His groove will live on through all the students he inspired and his impressive catalog of recordings. You miss.”

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Born John Voorhis Bogert III on August 27, 1944 in New York City, Bogert was part of Vanilla Fudge from 1967 to 1968, recording five albums with a group that included Appice. They both formed Cactus and began performing with Beck when his band the Jeff Beck Group disbanded. This evolved into the power trio Beck, Bogert & Appice in 1972, which lasted until 1975.

Bogert played bass guitar on Bo Diddley’s The 20th anniversary of rock ‘n’ roll all-star album.

In the years that followed, Bogert teamed up with artists such as Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir, British band Boxer and guitarist Rick Derringer. In 1981, Bogert became a faculty member at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood.

The Hollywood Rock Hall of Fame recognized Bogert in 1999, and he again teamed up with Appice in a series of touring groups.

No information was immediately available on the survivors.

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