Tim Bogert (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus) Passes Away

Tim Bogert (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, etc.) has sadly passed away following a battle with cancer. The bassist was 76 years old.

Bogert’s bandmates Carmine Appice, Mark Stein, and Vince Martell shared the following tributes:

Appice:

“My true friend Tim Bogert died today.

He was like a brother to me. He was my friend for over 50 years.

Tim was a one of a kind bass player. He inspired many, many bass players worldwide. He was as masterful at shredding as he was holding down a groove, and Tim introduced a new level of virtuosity into rock bass playing. No one played like Tim. He created bass solos that drove audiences to a frenzy every time he played one. And he played a different solo every night. He was the last of the legendary 60’s bass players.

Tim was a very intelligent person. So intelligent that we would call him “Spock”. You could ask him anything and he would know something about it.

I loved Tim like a brother. He will be missed very much in my life. I will miss calling him, cracking jokes together, talking music and remembering the great times we had together, and how we created kick-ass music together.

Perhaps the only good thing about knowing someone close to you is suffering a serious illness, is you have an opportunity to tell them that you love them, and why you love them. I did that, a lot. I was touched to hear it said back to me. Nothing was left unsaid between us and I’m grateful for that. I highly recommend it.

Rest in peace, my partner. I love you. See you on the other side.”

Stein:

“I met Tim Bogert when we were just teenagers. We both loved the same music and shared the same vision of becoming famous. In short time we walked together as Kings. I am deeply saddened by his passing. Tim Bogert wowed the world with his incredible bass playing and undoubtedly was a powerful influence on many of the great bass players that came after him. I will miss him.”

​Martell:

“Tim will now live in Eternity where he will rock out to heavenly rhythms… The rest of the Fudge will see you there one day.”

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