Tim Bogert (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus)

By Thomas Semioli

An electric bass pioneer and influencer, master soloist, heavy groove-player, educator, and sonic innovator, among other attributes, John Voorhis “Tim” Bogert radically expanded the role of the instrument in a rock context on stage and on record by way of his matchless tenure in the groundbreaking ensembles Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, and Beck, Bogert & Appice, in addition to his many other collaborations in the past half century.

Renown for his working relationship with drummer Carmine Appice, Bogert’s primary weapon of choice for his most popular recordings was a hybrid Telecaster (neck) and Precision (body) bass – which he has since sold to a collector. Nowadays Tim prefers extended range instruments….

Dig Tim with Beck, Bogert & Appice “Superstition” https://youtu.be/n0R8Tdr0oB8

Photo by Chris Dixon Photo by Chris Dixon

Photo by Chris Dixon

Dig Tim with Vanilla Fudge in this rather dramatic rendition of “You Just Keep Me Hangin’ On” https://youtu.be/xNcFWGox-SM

Photo courtesy of Tim Bogert Com Photo courtesy of Tim Bogert Com

Photo courtesy of Tim Bogert Com