Cactus bassist Tim Bogert (1944-2021) remembered for a career spanning Vanilla Fudge, Jeff Beck, Steve Perry and Hollywood Monsters

Tim Bogert

Legendary bass player Tim Bogert died on January 13, 2021, in Simi Valley, California, after a long battle with cancer.
Bogert was 76 at the time of passing, being survived by his wife, Veda Vaughn Bogert. He had one child, John Voorhis Bogert IV, who lives with his wife and a daughter, Lylah.

In 2010, Tim Bogert had “reluctantly” retired from touring due to a motorcycle accident. Despite this, Bogert joined the hard rock band Hollywood Monsters in 2014, performing on three tracks off their album “Big Trouble”. Paul Di’Anno (ex-Iron Maiden) sang on the bonus track but the band formed by singing guitarist and songwriter Steph Honde (formerly of the French hard rock band Café Bertrand, 2004-2010) also featured keyboardist Don Airey (Deep Purple, ex-Colosseum II, Rainbow, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, Electric Light Orchestra, Gary Moore, Whitesnake, etc.) and former Black Sabbath drummer Vinny Appice (ex-Axis, Dio, Heaven and Hell)

Tim Bogert, Jeff Beck, and Carmine Appice.

Tim Bogert is best remembered for his collaborations with Vinny’s older brother, however. Bogert and Carmine Appice worked together in Vanilla Fudge (1967–1970, 1982–1984, 1987–1988, 1999–2010), Cactus (1970-1972, 2006-2008) and the power trio supergroup Beck, Bogert & Appice (1972-1974). At the time of his death, the trio was working on a forthcoming live album.

Jeff Beck said that he was “sad to hear the news about Tim’s passing. We shared some good times together on stage and thankfully our mutual work will stand the test of time. His style was totally unique and was never properly recognised. Miss you man.”

Carmine Appice paid tribute to Bogert in a Facebook post: “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 Bogert

Bogert and Appice released an EP called “Friends” in 2014, after forming trios (re-using the Jeff Beck formula of BBA) with Javier Vargas (VBA), Char (CBA) and Rick Derringer (DBA). Bogert also made two solo releases in addition to working with The Pigeons, Bobby and the Midnites (with Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead), Mike Patto’s band Boxer, and Pipedream. In more recent years, Bogert also played on releases by Michael Schenker, Jack Russell of Great White, Mountain’s Leslie West, and Jake E. Lee of Badlands and Ozzy Osbourne’s band.

Mike Portnoy (Liquid Tension Experiment, Transatlantic, ex-Dream Theater, Neal Morse Band, Adrenaline Mob, Flying Colors, etc) wrote “So sorry to hear of the passing of bass legend Tim Bogert. One of the true pioneers of the instrument in the late 60’s/early 70’s”. Portnoy’s bandmate in The Winery Dogs and Sons of Apollo, bass virtuoso Billy Sheehan (ex-Talas, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) called Bogert a “Grand Master”, saying “I love you, Tim. Thank you for your awesomeness, generosity, and kindness. I hope we meet again, my friend. Rest In Peace.”

John Voorhis “Tim” Bogert III was born in New York City on August 27, 1944. He took piano lessons when he was 8 and started playing the clarinet at 13. Soon thereafter, Tim picked up the saxophone and played in his high school marching band. Bogert graduated from Ridgefield Memorial High School in 1963 and formed a band called The Belltones. This act made good money playing at high school dances around New Jersey before evolving into The Chessmen and backing up doowop groups such as The Shirelles. With the advent of surf music, Tim Bogert picked up the electric bass, and eventually joined the top 40 cover band Rick Martin and the Showmen in 1965.

“I was a sax player, played the horn for 6 or 7 years with high school bands,” Bogert recalled. “We played rock and roll and stuff like that, but initially, having left high school, I went to work for the phone company. I was playing evenings and weekends. I started going smitten with bass, I started to get the feel for it, and started getting serious about making it a career. So I quit my job and I started haunting local bars in the area, seeing who was playing and what was being played, contacting people and letting as many people as possible know I was available for work. I finally found work with a professional band called Rick Martin and the Showmen and they were a commercial band – society music – they had a chick singer up in the front with… and we played standards. It was kinda like a Vegas night club routine and we would play night clubs where your clientele would be your 40-year old age bracket and I wore a tuxedo and bow tie, the whole bit.”

Bogert’s future Vanilla Fudge bandmate Mark “Bear” Stein (ex-The Fantastics, Mark Stevens and The Charmers, Milt Grant Rock ‘n’ Roll Show) had joined Rick Martin as an organist the previous year. “What happened was the bass player [Joey Granelli] got drafted, and all of a sudden he was gone,” Stein recalled. “We had to go get this guy without any audition, right? I didn’t know him. Rick knew him. So we’re in the car going to this gig in Jersey, ‘we have no bass player, but we’re all gonna pick up this guy named Tim Bogert at his house. He’s gonna play.’ I remember this guy comes, like a bebop dude, you know, walking out of his house with one of those fedora hats, and he’s like ‘Hi, I’m Tim Bogert’ or ‘I’m Timmy’, yeah ‘Timmy’. So that was it, he came in the car and we shook hands. He was just a natural, you know? A hell of a good bass player.”

In 1966, Rick Martin and The Showmen disbanded after Stein, Bogert and drummer Joey Brennan decided to form a band of their own. Inspired by The Rascals, the trio named themelves The Electric Pigeons. They were soon joined by guitarist Vince “Vinny” Martell (born Vincent James Martellucci in 1945), formerly of Ricky T and The Satans Three. Having just returned from a spell in the Navy, Martell joined after the band had shortened their name to The Pigeons. Vinny was living in the Bronx, “so we took him back to Jersey”, Stein recalled, “and we were rehearsing on Tim Bogert’s porch.” 

This line-up of The Pigeons (Bogert, Stein, Brennan, Martell) released their first and only single in August of 1966, a cover of Wilson Pickett’s 1965 hit “(In The) Midnight Hour”. The B-side, “Stick In My Corner, Baby” was an original written by producer Bob Gallo. The disc was produced by the great late Luther Dixon, the man who also created the signature sound of The Shirelles.

The Pigeons recorded an entire album in 1966 but those recordings remained unreleased until 1970, when Wand Records released the demos as “While The World Was Eating Vanilla Fudge”. That album consisted of all cover songs: “Midnight Hour”, “Good Lovin'”, “I Who Have Nothing”, “Upset The People”, “Mustang Sally”, “You’re My Soul And Inspiration”, “About Me” and “Don’t Look Back'”.

Appice, Martell, Stein, and Bogert.

The Pigeons eventually fired Joey Brennan (who went to play with The Younger Brothers Band) in September 1966, just after their single release. They replaced him with the singing drummer Carmine Appice (Carmine Charles Appice Jr., born in Brooklyn, New York City, in 1946), formerly of Thursday’s Children, The Zany Manhattans, The 3 Beeets, The Vidells, and The Rockatones.

“I had just played a show with Thursday’s Children at a pokey little hole-in-the-wall in Garfield, New Jersey, called the Choo Choo Club when two guys named Mark and Tim asked me to join their band,” Carmine wrote in his autobiography. “Our drummer wasn’t cuttin’ the gig at the time”, Bogert recalled. “I spotted Carmine and I thought ‘hey this guy’s got a really good foot’, ‘cos we were looking for a drummer who was a bit more progressive than the one we had.”

The group played live with bands like The Vagrants (with future Mountain leader Leslie West), who also influenced The Pigeons to change their sound and move away from the standard arrangements of their cover songs. Having produced two singles by The Vagrants, George “Shadow” Morton (of The Shangri-Las fame) also took on The Pigeons after catching them live.

In April of 1967, the Pigeons got signed to Atlantic Records. They had been impressed by a demo recording of “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”, the Holland–Dozier–Holland composition that The Supremes has recently taken to number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Ahmet Ertegun, the founder and president of Atlantic, didn’t like the bandname “The Pigeons”, however.

In May of 1967, The Pigeons changed their name to Vanilla Fudge. “We tried to think up a new name but were getting nowhere until we played a gig at the Page 2 club in Long Island and ended up talking to a chick named Dee Dee who worked there,” Carmine Appice recalled in his autobiography. “She told us how her grandfather used to call her Vanilla Fudge. Then she looked at us and added, ‘Maybe you guys should call yourselves that – you’re like white soul music”. Others called it Psychedelic Symphonic Rock.

“You Keep Me Hangin’ On” was released as the group’s first single in the Spring of 1967, backed with an adaptation of “Take Me For A Little While”, a Trade Martin composition that had been a hit for Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles. Both songs were included on the self-titled debut album, released in August of 1967. Aside from three short instrumental originals (“Illusions of My Childhood” part 1-3), the record consisted entirely of half-speed cover songs. The album featured a quote from “Strawberry Fields Forever” and two full songs by The Beatles (“Ticket to Ride” and “Eleanor Rigby”) but also compositions by Curtis Mayfield (“People Get Ready”, a 1965 hit for his group The Impressions), Rod Argent (The Zombies’ debut single, “She’s Not There”) and Sonny Bono, whose “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” had been a single for his then-wife Cher.

The album was their most successful, peaking at #6 on the Billboard album charts and providing inspiration for the heavy rock scene to come. Jon Lord said that their organ-heavy sound was a large influence on him, and Richie Blackmore even stated that Deep Purple wanted to be a “Vanilla Fudge clone” during their early years. In addition, Vanilla Fudge has been cited as “one of the few American links between psychedelia and what soon became heavy metal”. Acts such as The Nice, Yes, Styx, and Uriah Heep were inspired and Led Zeppelin even opened for Vanilla Fudge in 1969.

In October of 1967, the Vanilla Fudge went on their first UK tour (sharing the stages with The Young Rascals, Traffic, Tomorrow, Moody Blues, Family, The Who, etc.), playing at The Speakeasy Club in London with Eric Clapton, Alan Price, Peter Frampton, P.P. Arnold, and Jeff Beck in the audience. After the show, Appice and Bogert invited Jeff Beck onstage and the trio had an impromptu jam. Back in the US, Vanilla Fudge shared the bill with many of the big names of the era (The Byrds, The Seeds, Moby Grape, Canned Heat, Blue Cheer, The Yardbirds, The 5th Dimension, Steve Miller Band, etc.), even jamming with The Doors at a show in New York.

Vanilla Fudge: Mark Stein (lead vocals, keyboards), Vince Martell (guitar, vocals), Carmine Appice (drums, vocals) and Tim Bogert (bass, vocals).

“The Beat Goes On” was released as the second Vanilla Fudge album in early 1968. The album was primarily the work of producer George “Shadow” Morton, however, creating a sound collage without significant input from the band. It didn’t feature “songs” as much as voices and snippets of compositions by The Beatles, Mozart, Beethoven, Cole Porter, Leiber/Stoller and Sonny Bono.

In the liner notes of a CD reissue, the band denounced the record as a failed experiment and Carmine Appice declared that “Even listening to it now – which, let me tell you, I rarely fucking do – The Beat Goes On sounds like an album that Spinal Tap would be wary of making.” Better than the actual album was arguably the band composition “Come By Day, Come By Night” and “You Can’t Do That”, another Beatles cover. Originally on singles, these were eventually included as bonus tracks.

“Renaissance” was released in June of 1968. Their final album produced by Shadow Morton was also their first to feature mostly original material. Five of the seven tracks were penned by band members, with “The Sky Cried/When I Was a Boy” co-credited to Mark Stein and Tim Bogert. The two also shared lead vocals on the track. The cover of Donovan’s “Season of the Witch” was issued as a single.

In 1998, a re-issue added the band composition “All in Your Mind”, Mark Stein’s “Where Is My Mind” and a cover of “The Look of Love”, written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David for Dusty Springfield and the 1967 spoof James Bond film “Casino Royale”.

In the fall of 1968, Vanilla Fudge toured with The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Soft Machine. After the tour, Vanilla Fudge went straight into the Record Plant recording studio to start making their fourth album, “Near The Beginning”. “We were to record on a twelve-track machine for the first time, which was a big deal for us,” Appice recalled. The recording sessions were to prove eventful, hedonistic and debauched. “Around the corner from the Record Plant,” Appice said, “was a club called the Scene, and we would head down there, pick up groupies, and take them back in the studio. We would put them in a side room, which quickly became the place we all went to get blow jobs between takes. We encouraged the chicks to walk around with their tits out and showed porn films on the studio wall via an eight-millimeter projector.”

By this point, former Yardbirds guitarist Jeff Beck had a new band, the Jeff Beck Group, with Rod Stewart on vocals and Ronnie Wood on bass. Carmine Appice recalled how “we got a call one day asking if these two English guys could come down to watch us record, as they were big Fudge fans. Rod and Ronnie turned up with their pineapple haircuts, sat quietly and shyly in the corner, and hardly said a word. As first encounters go, it could hardly have been more misleading.”

Vanilla Fudge did shows shows with everyone from Taj Mahal and The Bee Gees to The Mothers Of Invention, The Amboy Dukes, Cream, Iron Butterfly, Ultimate Spinach, Beacon Street Union, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Big Brother & The Holding Company.

Vanilla Fudge ended 1968 on tour with Led Zeppelin and Spirit, whose song “Taurus” incidentally sounds a bit like “Stairway to Heaven”. “I’d love to say that Zeppelin seemed as amazing and life-changing band the first time we set eyes on them… but they didn’t,” Appice said. “When we turned up at the Auditorium Arena, they were already on and didn’t seem to be going down all that great. there were about 7,500 people at our sold-out show, and a few pockets of fans were booing them and chanting, ‘Bring on the Fudge!’.”

“Near The Beginning” (February 1969) had three studio recordings on the first side while a live version of “Break Song” (co-credited to all four band members) took up all of side two. “I met a gorgeous chick with huge tits and smoked some great pot with her before the gig,” Carmine Appice recalled in his autobiography. “It meant that I was really high as we played ‘Break Song.’ Our only difficulty was cutting it down from twenty-eight minutes to twenty-four to fit on the record.”

“John Bonham, Pagey [Jimmy Page] and myself were sitting around listening to albums when someone put on the Fudge’s Near The Beginning album,” Jeff Beck recalled. “When it came to the Shotgun track, it was a revelation, particularly Carmine’s drumming. I just knew I had to work with that rhythm section.”

“Shotgun” had been written and released as a single by Junior Walker & the All Stars in 1965. The other two songs on the album were Lee Hazlewood’s “Some Velvet Morning” (originally recorded with Nancy Senatra in 1967) and “Where Is Happiness”, a Carmine Appice original. In 1998, a re-issue added the band compositions “Good Good Lovin'” and “People”.

Vanilla Fudge kept on touring, doing shows with Jethro Tull, It’s A Beautiful Day, Savage Grace, The Frost, Muddy Waters, The Gun, Three Dog Night, and others. “Around this time Deep Purple appeared and it was obvious they were copying our style of music and arrangements”, Appice recalled. “They had the same organ sound and slowed-down psychedelic cover versions as Fudge, and they were saying a lot of nice things about us in the rock press. We figured imitation was the kindest form of flattery and took them out on tour with us in Canada, which was great. We would jump onstage with them and jam during ‘Hush,’ and they would do the same with us during some of our songs. We got on well, and within a year, they were massive.”

In July of 1969, Jeff Beck filled in on guitar when Vanilla Fudge recorded a ‘Things Go Better With Coke’ jingle. Different version of the jingle were used on US radio stations during late 1969.

“Next came a radio commercial for Coca-Cola, who asked us to write two songs using lyrical ideas they gave us,” Appice explained. “We wrote the songs and turned up at the studio, where all the Coke execs were waiting – and Vinny fell violently ill and couldn’t play. Phil called up our attorney, Stevens H. Weiss, who dealt with all the major artists, and he told us that Jeff Beck happened to be in New York and would play the session. Wow! How fucking cool was that? The recording was awesome, and Tim and I were in heaven riffing off Jeff’s incredible playing. I guess you could call it a sign of things to come. The weird thing with the Coke songs was that I ended up singing lead vocals on one of the tracks, and Tim did the same on the other. I have no idea why Mark Stein didn’t sing either of them – after all, he was the voice of the band!”

In July of 1969, Vanilla Fudge played a festival in New York City with the Jeff Beck Group and Ten Years After. “Led Zeppelin were not on the bill”, Appice recalled, but “Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck were old school friends, and when the Beck Group were on, Zeppelin decided to jam with them. I joined them on my drums, but just as we were getting into the jam, John Bonham stood up behind his kit, stripped totally nude, and played the rest of the set naked. It was vintage Bonzo, and he didn’t seem to mind getting arrested when he came offstage. That was one night Vanilla Fudge had a very hard support act to follow.”

Bogert and Appice also received an offer they couldn’t refuse. “Backstage, just before he went on and stripped off, John Bonham took Tim and me aside and told us how much his friend Jeff Beck loved us as a rhythm section,” Appice recalled. “He said Jeff admired our tight playing and instinctive rapport and had enjoyed our Coke-commercial session as much as we had. Bonham added that Jeff, Rod, and Ronnie were about to exit their separate ways out of the Jeff Beck Group – and that Beck would love to form a band with us. This news blew our minds. It also came at a good time. Tim and I were growing tired of the Fudge. Touring with Zeppelin had shown us how we wanted to play heavier, harder, bluesy rock and roll. We were over Vinny’s too-long guitar solos and we were especially over Mark’s organ and Fudge’s slowed-down rearrangements. Don’t forget, this was the era of the supergroup, when artists would break up successul bands and form new groups, as Eric Clapton, Stevie Winwood, and Ginger Baker had done with Blind Faith. Suddenly all we wanted to do was quit the Fudge and form a supergroup with Jeff. Bonham gave Tim and I Jeff’s phone number, and we called him up. The conversation went like a dream. Jeff confirmed that he would love to start a band with the two of us. Did he think Rod Stewart might join as well, we asked him. ‘Maybe,’ Jeff told us. Wow! This was really fucking taking shape! Suddenly Tim and I had this cool secret, and we couldn’t wait to get started!”

Vanilla Fudge kept on touring, however, staying at the Edgewater Inn with Led Zeppelin during the Seattle Pop Festival. This was where you could fish right out of the window, as the saying goes, and a stoned, naked girl, covered in tiny blood spots, was supposedly pleasured by a mud shark. Carmine Appice told the story of debauchery to Frank Zappa, who went on to write a song about it.

At the end of their infamous tour with Led Zeppelin, Bogert and Appice announced that they would leave the band to join Jeff Beck in a new supergroup called Cactus. “When Tim and I told Mark and Vinny we were quitting the band, they were shocked,” Appice recalled. “Fudge had just been offered big money to tour Japan, but Tim and I refused to go, as we were so desperate to get started on Cactus. Mark and Vinny were really pissed off with us, but they didn’t try to talk us into staying. They could see our minds were made up, The die was cast.” Tim and Carmine stayed on for dates already booked, however.

Vanilla Fudge: Stein, Appice, Bogert, and Martell.

Vanilla Fudge continued to tour (appearing with Grand Funk Railroad, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Rhinoceros, The Guess Who, Dr. John, Blodwyn Pig, Tea & Symphony, The Nice, Joe Cocker, Chicken Shack, etc.) and their fifth album, “Rock & Roll”, was released in September of 1969.

“The chemistry had been so bad when we recorded it that we couldn’t even be in the studio together,” Appice said. “Tim and I would do our bits, and then Mark and Vinny would go in and do theirs. I guess the fans could tell, as it did worse than all of our previous albums.”

Bogert was co-credited with the other band members for two songs off “Rock & Roll”; “Need Love” and “Street Walking Woman”. Others tracks included “I Can’t Make It Alone” (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) and “The Windmills of Your Mind”. The latter song had been recorded by Dusty Springfield after having first been sung by Noel Harrison in the 1968 film “The Thomas Crown Affair”.

In November of 1969, Jeff Beck and Peter Grant (manager of Led Zeppelin and the Jeff Beck Group) arranged to meet Bogert, Appice, and their manager Phil Basile, in order to sign contracts for Cactus. This sadly came to nothing when Beck got in a car accident and became unable work for a year.

“Working with Jeff was suddenly on the back burner, and Tim and I realized we were in a bit of a spot,” Appice confirmed. “We had broken up Vanilla Fudge and now didn’t have anything to replace it with. Where did we go from here? We decided to do a few more dates with Fudge just to keep our heads above the water financially, while at the same time trying to get a new band going. So we started auditioning musicians, rehearsing like mad during the week, and playing still fairly lucrative gigs with Fudge on weekends.”

Their lucrative gigs included festivals in Florida with Grand Funk Railroad, King Crimson, Sly and The Family Stone, Spooky Tooth, Santana, Canned Heat, Grateful Dead, B.B. King, The Band, and The Byrds, among others. “We put a jam together with the Fudge, Johnny Winter on guitar, and Janis Joplin on vocals,” Appice recalled. “The crowd was really getting their rocks off, and as we played a long, stoned slow blues, Janis walked to each of us, one by one, grooving and telling us, ‘Kick ass, you mother! Do it!’

The original Vanilla Fudge played their farewell gig on March 14th of 1970. “There were two thousand people crammed into Phil’s Long Island club that night and nearly as many locked outside, clamoring to get in,” Appice recalled. “That was an amazing night. It was hugely emotional to look out at the faces of people who had supported the Fudge right from the start. Yet Tim and I knew we were doing the right thing. Our big farewell night tugged at the heartstrings, but that same heart told me it was time to move on.”

Following the break up, Vince Martell initially formed a band called The Good Rats and Mark Stein joined Boomerang for one album. Stein then semi-retired from the music scene before returning to play with Tommy Bolin and Alice Cooper.

Cactus: Carmine Appice (drums), Jim McCarty (guitars), Tim Bogert (bass), and vocalist Rusty Day up front.

In early 1970, Bogert and Appice brought in blues guitarist Jim McCarty from The Buddy Miles Express, and singer Rusty Day from The Amboy Dukes. This line-up released three albums on Atco Records, “Cactus” (1970), “One Way… or Another” (1971), and “Restrictions” (1971).

Jim McCarty of Mitch Ryder’s Detroit Wheels (1964-1967) was replaced in The Buddy Miles Express (a band formed after Mike Bloomfield’s Electric Flag broke up in 1968) by Adrian Gurvitz (ex-The Gun), who had gotten Buddy Miles to play on Three Man Army’s debut album. It was while touring with the ‘Express that Gurvitz met Ginger Baker, leading to the eventual formation of The Baker Gurvitz Army. Buddy Miles had, of course, played in the Band of Gypsys, the band that Hendrix formed after the dissolution of the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Rusty Day (born Russell Edward Davidson) had quit his own band, Rusty Day & The Midnighters, to join Ted Nugent’s band The Amboy Dukes in 1969. He recorded one album with them, “Migration”, before being asked to join Cactus. Bogert and Appice had originally hoped to get Rod Stewart but he and Ronnie Wood (later to join The Rolling Stones) both left the Jeff Beck Group after two albums. In 1969, they had formed Faces with members of the Small Faces (Ian McLagan, Ronnie Lane, Kenney Jones), who’d lost their lead singer/guitarist Steve Marriott to Humble Pie.

The first Cactus album featured six original songs, all credited to Bogert and the other three members. There was also two covers: a scorching take on the blues standard “Parchman Farm” (as done by Mose Allison in 1957, an adaptation of a song first recorded by Bukka White in 1940) and Willie Dixon’s “You Can’t Judge a Book by the Cover”. Also covered by The Yardbirds and others, the latter was one of the last chart hits for Bo Diddley when he first recorded it in 1962.

“One Way… or Another” followed the formula from the debut, featuring six originals and two covers: Little Richard’s 1956 hit “Long Tall Sally” and “I Feel So Bad”, originally written and recorded by Chuck Willis in 1954. Both songs had previously been covered by Elvis Presley (in 1956 and 1961 respectively) but Cactus were perhaps also inspired by the soul blues version recorded as “Feel So Bad” by Little Milton in 1967. Bogert was co-credited for all originals except “Song for Aries” (Appice, Day, McCarty) and sang lead vocals on “Rockout Whatever You Feel Like”.

The third and final album by the original Cactus line-up was also released in 1971. “Restrictions” featured only one cover, Willie Dixon’s “Evil”. Howlin’ Wolf (Chester Arthur Burnett, 1910-1976) had first recorded “Evil” for Chess Records in 1954, as also featured on the 1959 debut album “Moanin’ in the Moonlight”. “Evil” was also re-recorded for 1969’s “The Howlin’ Wolf Album”, the psychedelic blues rock album featuring members of Rotary Connection. Muddy Waters had used the same backing band earlier in 1968 for his “Electric Mud” album. Monster Magnet later used the Cactus arrangement of “Evil” for their recording on 1993’s “Superjudge”. “Evil” has also been performed by Clutch and Greta Van Fleet. Tim Bogert, meanwhile, was co-credited for “Guiltless Glider”, “Alaska”, “Sweet Sixteen” and “Mean Night in Cleveland”.

Intraband troubles led to Jim McCarty quitting at the end of 1971 (he went on to play with The Rockets, the Detroit Blues Band, and Mystery Train), with Rusty Day fired shortly afterwards. McCarty had previously played with The Rockets’ drummer Johnny “Bee” Badanjek while in Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels. Detroit (a.k.a. The Band Detroit) was a spinoff of The Detroit Wheels, featuring Johnny “Bee” Badanjek and guitarists Steve Hunter (Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel etc.). Mitch Ryder quit that group in 1972, being replaced by Rusty Day until they broke up in 1974. During this era, Detroit featured future Lynyrd Skynyrd (1976-1977) guitarist Steve Gaines and Terry Emery, later to be a member of Steve Gaines’ band Crawdad. Steve Gaines sadly died in Skynyrd’s plane crash in 1977, along with his sister Cassie and Ronnie Van Zant.

In 1976, Rusty Day tried to re-incarnate Cactus by placing an ad in Rolling Stone. A line-up featuring current .38 Special drummer Gary Moffatt lasted from 1976 until 1979. Rust Day supposedly turned down offers to replace Bon Scott in AC/DC and join the post-Skynyrd group The Rossington Collins Band. Rusty Day had formed Uncle Acid & The Permanent Damage Band (not to be confused with Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, of course) which scored him a deal with Epic Records. They never released anything, through, nor did The Rusty Day Band that was formed in 1979. Rusty Day was murdered in 1982. His son, his dog, and Garth McRae were also fatally shot during the same attack at Day’s home. The killings may have been drug related but the murder officially remains unsolved.

The fourth and final (until the reunion in 2006) Cactus album, “‘Ot ‘n’ Sweaty” (1972), had Bogert and Appice joined by guitarist Werner Fritzschings, Duane Hitchings (ex-Steel, having previously played with Jim McCarty in the Buddy Miles Express) on keyboards and Peter French on vocals.

Peter French had joined Black Cat Bones (a band that had previously featured Paul Kossoff and Simon Kirke, before they left to form Free) after they recorded “Barbed Wire Sandwich”. Peter French and the founding brothers Derek (rhythm guitar) and Stuart Brooks (bass) changed the band name to Leaf Hound after their guitarist, Rod Price, left to join former members of Savoy Brown in Foghat. The trio was joined by drummer Keith George Young and guitarist Mike Halls (a cousin of Peter French) from the Brunning Sunflower Blues Band, a group that Peter Green also recorded with. After the release of the stoner rock classic “Growers of Mushroom”, Vincent Crane (ex-Crazy World of Arthur Brown) asked Peter French to join his band Atomic Rooster. French can be heard on 1971’s “In Hearing of Atomic Rooster”. It was their third album and the last (for some time) to be recorded with guitarist John Du Cann (ex-The Attack, Andromeda) and drummer Paul Hammond. The departed members went on to form Hard Stuff (initially called Daemon and Bullet) with bass player John Gustafson (ex-Quatermass, later with Roxy Music and the Ian Gillan Band), releasing two albums on Purple Records. Before re-forming Atomic Rooster with Crane and Hammond in 1980, John Du Cann was also temporary guitarist for Thin Lizzy on a tour in 1974. For the follow-up to “In Hearing of Atomic Rooster”, 1972’s “Made in England”, Vincent Crane assembled an entirely new band, with Chris Farlowe (ex-Colosseum) replacing Peter French who was by then in Cactus.

The first side of “‘Ot ‘n’ Sweaty” featured concert recordings, a new composition by the current members (“”Our Lil Rock ‘n’ Roll Thing”) and “Let Me Swim” off the first Cactus album. While credited to the current members, “Bad Mother Boogie” was actually a live version of “Big Mama Boogie – Part II” off the second Cactus album.

The second side featured studio recordings of new songs, mainly written by French and Hitchings. There was also a cover of “Underneath the Arches”, a song popularized in 1932 by the British comedy act Flanagan and Allen. Of the studio tracks, only “Bringing Me Down” was co-credited to Bogert and the other Cactus members.

Cactus disbanded when Bogert and Appice left to join Jeff Beck. Duane Hitchings next formed The New Cactus Band and released “Son of Cactus” in 1973. It didn’t feature any of the original Cactus members, but rather guitarist Mike Pinera (ex-Blues Image, Iron Butterfly), Roland Robinson (bass) and drummer Jerry Norris. Before disbanding, The New Cactus Band toured with Captain Beyond drummer Bobby Caldwell (soon to form Armageddon with Steamhammer guitarist Martin Pugh and former Yardbirds vocalist Keith Relf) and Charlie Souza (formerly bass player for Gregg Allman), who’d soon join Tom Petty’s band Mudcrutch. After disbanding in 1975, Petty regrouped with Mudcrutch members Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench to form The Heartbreakers.

Tim Bogert and Jeff Beck

Jeff Beck had been keen to work with Bogert and Appice after first encountering the two in 1967. Following his car accident in 1969, Beck formed a new “Jeff Beck Group” with drummer Cozy Powell, recording two albums with a line-up that also featured Bobby Tench (vocals and guitar), Clive Chaman (bass) and Max Middleton on keyboards. Beck retained Middleton when he first teamed up with Bogert and Appice for a U.S. tour as a “Jeff Beck Group”. Having appeared in the original stage version of Hair on Broadway, vocalist Kim Milford of Moon joined them for the first six appearances. Milford was then replaced by Bobby Tench (ex-Gass) for the remaining 13 shows.

Bobby Tench had formed The Gass in 1965, a band that folded soon after 1970’s “Juju”, a debut album featuring Peter Green. As mentioned in the Stargazed article on Ginger Baker, Tench also played with him and Fela Ransome-Kuti before going on to play with Hummingbird, Streetwalkers, Widowmaker (with former Mott the Hoople and Spooky Tooth guitarist Luther Grosvenor) and Boxer, the band formed by Mike Patto and Ollie Halsall after their band Patto split up. Tim Bogert also recorded with Boxer, but not on the same release as Tench. Bobby Tench eventually joined Van Morrison’s band in time for 1978’s “Wavelength”, an album also featuring Peter Green’s former bandmate Peter Bardens, the original keyboard player for prog rockers Camel.

Bogert, Appice and Beck.

After the U.S. tour, in August of 1972, Tench and Middleton left the band and the power trio soldiered on with Appice taking on the role of main vocalist. Beck, Bogert & Appice started work on their eponymous debut album in December 1972, also working with producer Don Nix in January of 1973. Released in March, the album featured two songs composed by Don Nix, with Beck singing “Black Cat Moan” and Appice providing vocals on “Sweet Sweet Surrender”. Two of the songs were credited to the trio themselves (“Oh to Love You”, “Livin’ Alone”), with another two also co-credited to Pete French (“Lose Myself with You”, “Lady”) and Duane Hitchings (“Lady”). There was also three cover songs: “Why Should I Care” by Raymond Louis Kennedy, Curtis Mayfield’s “I’m So Proud” (recorded by The Impressions in 1964) and “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder.

Stevie Wonder wrote “Superstation” for Jeff Beck after he played guitar on “Lookin’ for Another Pure Love” off 1972’s “Talking Book”. Originally, the plan was for Beck to release his version first. Motown founder Berry Gordy predicted that “Superstition” would be a huge hit, however, and got Stevie Wonder to release the song as the lead single off “Talking Book” months ahead of the version by Beck, Bogert & Appice. Tim Bogert provided lead vocals on “Superstition” and two other album tracks, “Why Should I Care” and “Lose Myself with You”. Piano and Melltron on the album was played by Duane Hitchings and Jimmy Greenspoon of Three Dog Night.

“Live in Japan” was recorded in Osaka in May, and released in October of 1973. The track listing featured all the songs off the studio album except “Oh to Love You”. In addition, they performed the Don Nix composition “Going Down” (also included on the “Jeff Beck Group” album of 1972) and a 14 minute cover of Bonnie Dobson’s “Morning Dew”, which had previously been covered on 1968’s “Truth”, the seminal solo debut by Jeff Beck. There was also other songs associated with the trio’s past endeavours, such as the Yardbirds track “Jeff’s Boogie” (the B-side of “Over Under Sideways Down” in 1966) and “Plynth”, a single off 1969’s Jeff Beck Group album “Beck-Ola”. The latter was done as a medley with Junior Walker’s “Shotgun”, as previously covered by Vanilla Fudge on 1969’s “Near The Beginning”. The track “Boogie” was co-credited to Beck, Appice and Bogert.

Recording sessions for a second studio album began in January 1974 but the band dissolved before it was completed. Tim Bogert confirmed the split in May of 1974. In January of 1974, a show at the Rainbow Theatre had been recorded for a radio broadcast. Later known as the bootleg “At Last Rainbow”, the show previewed songs intended for that second studio album that never was.

Jeff Beck next started making instrumental jazz-rock on the excellent solo albums “Blow by Blow” (produced by George Martin) and “Wired”, working with Mahavishnu Orchestra keyboard player Jan Hammer. In 1991, Jeff Beck released a triple CD boxset covering the years 1963-1989. In addition to solo tracks and songs by various Jeff Beck Groups, “Beckology” included songs from Beck’s early band The Tridents and his time (1965-1966) with The Yardbirds.

Eric Clapton had left The Yardbirds for John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers in March 1965, recommending Jimmy Page to replace him. Page in turn recommended Beck, to whom he had been introduced through Jeff’s sister Annetta. Page himself would join The Yardbirds on bass the following June, after Paul Samwell-Smith abruptly quit. Rhythm guitarist Chris Dreja later took on the role as bassist, allowing Page to join Beck on guitar. That lineup was short-lived, however, as Beck left in November 1966. Jimmy Page stayed on with The Yardbirds until 1968 while Jeff Beck’s “Truth” album laid the blueprint for Led Zeppelin. Beck released his version of the Muddy Waters classic “You Shook Me” months before The New Yardbirds turned into Led Zeppelin and recorded the song for their debut album. Either way, “Beckology” also contained some tracks recorded with Bogert and Appice, including a previously unreleased medley of “You Shook Me” and “BBA Boogie”.

Jan Akkerman (ex-Brainbox) is a Dutch guitarist who co-founded the prog rock band Focus in 1969. Akkerman’s instrumental composition “House of the King” was released as a single by Focus in 1971 and eventually included on both re-issues of the debut album “In And Out of Focus” (originally called “Focus Plays Focus”) and the 1972 double album “Focus 3”. In 1973, Jan Akkerman went to New York to record his third solo album, “Tabernakel”. Tim Bogert and Carmine Appice both appeared on two of the tracks, the 14 minute epic “Lammy” and a re-recording of “House Of The King”.

After the partnership with Jeff Beck ended, Bogert moved from New York to Los Angeles. “I did nothing for six months. Just rode my motorcycle. Then I teamed up with Steve Perry for two years.” Steve Perry had previously auditioned to replace Rod Evans in Captain Beyond and recorded with a band called Ice in 1972, using the studio where Stevie Wonder was recording his “Talking Book” album with Jeff Beck. Sadly, the Ice recordings went virtually unheard as Perry moved back to California in 1975. Tim met the future Journey vocalist (1977-1987, 1995-1998) at a rehearsal studio and they put a progressive rock band together called Pieces. The other members were called Denver Cross and Eddie Tuduri. After a year and a half, Pieces disbanded after failing to secure a record deal. The song “Fast Life” off Bogert’s 1981 solo debut was co-written by Steve Perry.

Back in the 1960s, Bogert and Appice played some Vanilla Fudge live shows with The Vagrants. Since then, they and The Vagrants’ guitarist Leslie West had all gone on to lead excellent hard rock bands (Cactus and Mountain) and form power trios (Beck, Bogert & Appice and West, Bruce & Laing) with British superstars (Jeff Beck and Jack Bruce) that had previously played in bands (The Yardbirds, Bluesbreakers and Cream) associated with Eric Clapton.

Well, come 1976 all three of them contributed to “The 20th Anniversary Of Rock ‘N’ Roll”, an all star album by rock n’ roll legend Bo Diddley (1928-2008), i.e. “Ellas McDaniel” or Ellas Otha Bates. Bogert and Appice played on most of the album while Leslie West can be heard on most of the B-side, containing a 16 minute “Bo Diddley Jam”. Mountain drummer Corky Laing played congas on the A-side while other contributors included Elvin Bishop, Billy Joel, The Who’s Keith Moon, Alvin Lee (ex-Ten Years After), Albert Lee, Roger McGuinn (ex-The Byrds), Joe Cocker, and Ted Neeley, the latter best known for performing the title role in the original “Jesus Christ Superstar” film.

1976 also saw the release of the sole album by The Leslie West Band featuring Mick Jones, the former Spooky Tooth guitarist who’d soon form Foreigner with Ian McDonald (ex-King Crimson) and Lou Gramm of the band Black Sheep. The two albums of 1975 by Black Sheep had been produced by Stuart Alan Love (1946-2011) who in 1976 produced the sole album by the hard rock band Marcus. Led by a former Motown-styled soul singer, Marcus Malone, the band Marcus was joined by Tim Bogert on bass for “Gypsy Fever” and “Highschool Ladies Streetcorner Babies”.

Tim Bogert also contributed vocals somewhere on the 1976 album “Dancers, Romancers, Dreamers & Schemers” by Michael Quatro, the older brother of Suzi Quatro. It was Michael who persuaded Mickie Most to attend a concert with the band Cradle (1969-1973), a group previously (1964-1969) known as The Pleasure Seekers. Mickie Most only signed Suzy Quatro to his label, Rak Records, but those all-female pop bands from Detroit also featured Arlene, Nancy and Patti Quatro. The latter eventually joined another all-female rock group, Fanny, appearing on their “Rock and Roll Survivors” album of 1974. Patti Quatro also appeared on “Dancers, Romancers, Dreamers & Schemers”, a record produced by the same Stuart Alan Love that produced the Marcus album. Bobby Womack (guitar) and Pavlov’s Dog vocalist David Surkamp also appeared on the album.

After that, Tim went to England to do one session. He wound up staying for three and a half years, joining Mike Patto (ex-Timebox, Patto, Spooky Tooth) for a tour and the recording of 1977’s “Absolutely”, the second album by the band Boxer. Following their debut, “Below the Belt”, Patto had continued to record with guitarist Ollie Halsall (ex-Timebox, Patto, Tempest, Kevin Ayers’ Soporifics), drummer Tony Newman (ex-Jeff Beck Group, May Blitz, Three Man Army, David Bowie) and bass player Keith Ellis of Van der Graaf Generator (1968-1969) and Juicy Lucy. Their final recordings were eventually released posthumously as “Bloodletting”, after Mike Patto died of lymphatic leukemia in 1979. Keith Ellis had also died in 1978 whilst on tour with Iron Butterfly.

Either way, Patto (vocals, piano) had assembled an entirely new band for “Absolutely”. In addition to Bogert on bass, Boxer now featured guitarist Adrian Fisher (ex-Sparks), keyboardist Chris Stainton of Joe Cocker’s Grease Band and drummer Eddie Tuduri of Pieces and Wha-Koo. There had been rumours that George Martin was interested in working with Boxer but the album was eventually produced by Jeff Glixman, known for his work with Kansas. Bogert was co-credited as composer of four tracks: “A Fool in Love”, “Big Lucy”, “Can’t Stand What You Do”, and “Hand on Your Heart”.

1979 found Tim back in California, mainly living the life of a freelance musician, working local clubs on a casual basis and doing his share of studio dates.

Pipedream was a short lived group that consisted of Tim Bogert, Ben Schultz (ex-Wizard, Buddy Miles), Willie Daffern (ex-Captain Beyond) and Jan Uvena, who’d later play with Iron Butterfly, Alcatrazz, Alice Cooper, and Signal. Pipedream played a few gigs in the L.A. area but promptly disappeared after releasing a self-titled album in 1979. Their record was only issued in small numbers but Bogert was co-credited for all songs except “Part Of It All” and “Love Don’t Come Easy”.

Three songs on the Pipedream album were co-written by Bogert and Journey vocalist Steve Perry, indicating that “Only Cause” (w/ Cross), “Dance On Baby” and “Rosalie” (w/ Uvena and Daffern) might have been left-overs from the band Pieces

The album was co-produced by Bogert and Schultz, a guitarist that recorded two albums with Carmine Appice in 1976, as part of a band called KGB. The other members of KGB were Ray Kennedy (yes, the composer of BB&A’s “Why Should I Care”), Ric Grech (ex-Family, Blind Faith, Ginger Baker’s Air Force, Traffic), Mike Bloomfield and Barry Goldberg (both ex-The Electric Flag).

Carmine Appice joined the backing band for Rod Stewart (ex-The Jeff Beck Group, Faces, Shotgun Express, Steampacket) in 1977, co-writing hits such as “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” and “Young Turks”. Having become a major star as a solo artist, Rod Stewart released four albums featuring Appice between 1977 and 1981. The third of these, 1980’s “Foolish Behaviour”, featured Tim Bogert playing bass on three tracks: “Gi’ Me Wings”, “My Girl” and “She Won’t Dance with Me”.

“After that I went back to Europe to live in Italy for seven months to do session work and tour”, Bogert said. Upon his return to Los Angeles, Bogert joined Bobby and the Midnites, a side project assembled by Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead. Bogert toured with the group but was replaced by Alphonso Johnson (ex-Weather Report) before their eponymous album was released. Tim Bogert was a member of Bobby and the Midnites between June 30, 1980 and January 31, 1981.

Bobby and the Midnites was a rock band influenced by jazz-rock fusion, also featuring Mahavishnu Orchestra drummer Billy Cobham (ex-Miles Davis, Stanley Clarke, etc.) and Brent Mydland, the keyboardist in The Grateful Dead during 1979-1990.  Billy Cobham and Bogert’s successor Alphonso Johnson would later form Jazz is Dead, an instrumental Grateful Dead cover band.

Tim Bogert became a faculty member at the Musicians Institute in 1981, a Hollywood music school where Bogert taught. Bogert also toured in 1981 with guitarist Rick Derringer (ex-The McCoys, Johnny Winter And, Edgar Winter’s White Trash, Edgar Winter Group). The two would re-unite twenty years later for the album “Doin’ Business As…” by Derringer, Bogert & Appice.

Appice, at that point in 2001, alluded to Carmine whereas his brother Vinny Appice was the one who played drums with the band Derringer in 1976-1977. Derringer also featured bass player Kenny Aaronson (ex-Dust, Ian Lloyd & Stories, later in HSAS with Sammy Hagar) and guitarist Danny Johnson. Johnson and Appice next formed Axis with Jay Davis, releasing “It’s A Circus World” (1978) before Vinny Appice got asked to replace Bill Ward in Black Sabbath.
Johnson (guitars) and Davis (bass) then joined Vinny’s (11 years older) brother when he made his first solo album in 1981. Duane Hitchings also played keyboards on “Carmine Appice” while Peter French (also of the fourth Cactus album) was co-credited for three of the compositions.

Tim Bogert released his only two solo releases in the early 1980s, “Progressions” (1981) and “Master’s Brew” (1983). Both were produced by Richie Wise, the singer and guitarist in the excellent hard rock trio Dust. Following the demise of Dust (1969-1972), Richie Wise had joined Mike Kerner (producer and co-songwriter for Dust) in working with Kiss, co-producing their first two albums. Wise had also worked with Exuma, Stories (featuring former Dust bass player Kenny Aaronson), Savoy Brown, Gladys Knight & The Pips, and Carmine Appice on the KGB album “Motion”.

“Progressions” was recorded with a core band featuring drumer Dave Platshon (ex-Nils Lofgren), keyboard player Peter Schless (ex-Dr. John, Savoy Brown, Les Dudek – and soon to play on the Hughes/Thrall album) and Jay Williams on guitar and vocals. Bogert played bass and sang lead vocals but only wrote two songs for the album, “Friend Of Mine” and “Caught In Her Flame”. The song “Fast Life” was co-composed by Bogert but the remaining material was provided by outside writers, such as Bryan Adams (ex-Sweeney Todd) and Jim Vallance (ex-Prism) with “Try To See It My Way”.

“Try To See It My Way” was included on Bryan Adams’ self-titled solo debut (1980) whereas “Let Him Know” was lifted off 1983’s “Cuts Like a Knife”. It was one of only five songs (none composed by Bogert) featured on the EP “Master’s Brew”. Schless, Platshon and Williams also featured on this release but so did Carmine Appice, Rick Derringer, Les Dudek (ex-Steve Miller Band and Black Rose with his then-girlfriend Cher), Brian Auger, Nicky Hopkins, and Mark Stein of Vanilla Fudge.

Prior to appearing on “Master’s Brew”, pianist Nicky Hopkins (ex-The Jeff Beck Group, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Jerry Garcia Band, also session musician for The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Kinks, The Who, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Steve Miller Band, Jefferson Airplane, Rod Stewart, etc.) had worked with Tim Bogert on “Four Sides Of Buzzy Linhart”, an EP from 1982.

William “Buzzy” Linhart (1943-2020) had released his solo debut in 1969 but this was one of his last releases as a solo artist. Linhart also appeared on releases by Zephyr (featuring Tommy Bolin of James Gang and Deep Purple), Harry Nilsson, Montreal, Cat Mother, Jim Hendrix, and John Sebastian of The Lovin’ Spoonful. His songs were recorded by Carly Simon, Bette Midler, and others.

In 1982, Atco Records released “Best of Vanilla Fudge”. This resulted in Bogert, Appice and Stein re-uniting as Vanilla Fudge to make the 1984 studio album “Mystery”. Martell was not very involved in this first reunion, with Ron Mancuso and Jeff “J. Toad” Beck (on “Jealousy” and “My World Is Empty Without You”, a Supremes cover by Holland–Dozier–Holland) providing the guitars on “Mystery”, an eighties-sounding AOR album having little in common with the music of the original Vanilla Fudge.

Original guitarist Vinny Martell did make minor guest appearances on the album, providing rhythm guitar on a cover of “Walk On By”, composed by Burt Bacharach and Hal David for Dionne Warwick in 1963. Martell also sang backing vocals on “Mystery” and “Under Suspicion”. Tim Bogert was co-credited for “Don’t Stop Now” (on which he also sang lead) but most of the material was written by Mark Stein, Carmine Appice and Randy Bishop. The latter had also recently provided backing vocals on the 1982 album “Nugent”, Ted Nugent’s only album featuring Carmine Appice on drums.

Ron Mancuso would join Appice, Randy Bishop, Duane Hitchings (ex-Cactus, Steel) and Rick Derringer in playing on the EP “Passion In The Dark” (1983) by Danny Spanos, a former Redbone drummer. Spanos also worked with Quiet Riot’s Frankie Banali and Dana Strum, the bassist who’d join Vinnie Vincent Invasion before forming Slughter with their singer, Mark Slaughter. Ron Mancuso would later join Beggars & Thieves (with Phil Soussan of Ozzy Osbourne’s “The Ultimate Sin”) and Red Dragon Cartel, the band led by former Ozzy and Badlands guitarist Jake E. Lee.

Mark Edwards was a drummer for Steeler (with Yngwie Malmsteen on their 1983 album), 3rd Stage Alert (a 1984 release produced by Malmsteen), Riot (on 1988’s “Thundersteel”) and Lion (1983-1989 with Doug Aldrich) before suffering serious injuries in a motocross accident in 1989.

In 1985, Mark Edwards released the solo EP “Code Of Honor” featuring Bogert playing bass on all tracks except “Dance With The Devil”. Joining them were drummer Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, etc.) and keyboard player Claude Schnell of Dio and Rough Cutt.

Vanilla Fudge re-united with Paul Hanson on guitar for two tours in 1987-1988. Hanson had previously taught a performance class with Tim Bogert at the Musicians Institute. Vanilla Fudge also played at Atlantic Records’ 40th anniversary celebration in 1988 with Lanny Cordola (Giuffria, House of Lords) as guitarist. Having left the world of recorded music, Vinny Martell did not participate.

Around that time, Bogert recorded an instructional video with bass techniques. Silver Eagle, Inc. released this on VHS as a “Back Stage Pass Instructional Video” with Tim Bogert presenting Four, Six and Eight String Rock Bass Techniques. Regrettably, the video on youtube below has been overdubbed by a Russian speaker.

Carmine Appice used the name Vanilla Fudge for a tour in 1991 (resulting in “The Best of Vanilla Fudge – Live”) but neither Bogert nor Stein were involved that time around. Appice instead enlisted musicans associated with Ted Nugent: Derek St. Holmes (guitar, vocals), Martin Gerschwitz (keyboards, vocals), and Tom Croucier (bass, vocals). Bogert and Appice would eventually revive Vanilla Fudge with Vince Martell in 1999, with Mark Stein re-joining them in 2005.

Toshiki Kadomatsu is a Japanese artist that had an instrumental hit album in 1987, “Sea is a Lady”. In 1989, Tim Bogert played bass on the first two tracks (“Ame Iro No Machi” and “Ratirahasha – Time For Kari”) on Kadomatsu’s album “Reasons for Thousand Lovers”. Other session musicians appearing on the album included drummer Steve Gadd and guitarist Jay Graydon of the AOR band Airplay.

In 1989, the Brian Faith Band (a.k.a. Faith Party Band, and Ernie & The Emperors on a 1965 single) released their “White Dove EP”. It featured four tracks and four guests: Cornelius Bumpus of the Doobie Brothers, Floyd Sneed of Three Dog Night, David Muse of Firefall, and Tim Bogert.

Bogert next joined Paul Sisemore and Ray Brinker to make one album, “Tri Ality” (1992), as the Ben Schultz Band. Schultz himself had of course played with Bogert in Pipedream and Carmine Appice in KGB. Since then, he’d appeared on releases by Belinda Carlisle and written songs for Ted Nugent (“When Your Body Talks” off “Little Miss Dangerous in 1986) and Terri Rice, composing the B-side to a single with Gregg Allman.

Ray Brinker would join Schultz in his next project, Barefoot Servants, but he’s also one of the drummers used on “Your Filthy Little Mouth”, David Lee Roth’s album from 1994.

Pata is the stage name of Ishizuka Tomoaki, guitarist in the visual kei rock band X Japan (1987-1997, 2007-). In 1993, Pata released a self-titled solo debut album with House of Lords vocalist James Christian and musicians such as Tommy Aldridge, Simon Phillips, Mike Porcaro, and Tim Bogert.

Bogert and Aldridge also performed live with PATA, as captured in 1994 on the VHS “Pata’s Bootleg At Nissin Power Station Shinjuku”.

Also in 1993, Tim Bogert and Carmine Appice played on two instrumental tracks off “Raid”, a 1993 album by the Atsushi Yokozeki Project. They can be heard on “Tears Of Sphinx” and the title track, the latter also featuring Craig Goldy (ex-Vengeance, Rough Cutt, Giuffria, Dio) on lead guitar. Atsushi Yokozeki himself is a Japanese guitarist who’d released a number of solo albums in the 1980s in addition to being a member of the band Bronx.

“Raid” also featured Jeff Pilson (ex-Dokken), James Kottak (ex-Kingdom Come), David Glen Eisley (ex-Sorcery, Giuffria and Dirty White Boy), Greg Chaisson (Badlands), Bobby Blotzer (Ratt), Brad Gillis (Night Ranger, ex-Rubicon, Ozzy Osbourne), Kim Carnes, and Ray Gillen of Black Sabbath, Blue Murder and Badlands. Frankie Banali performed with Rudy Sarzo on two tracks, joining Badlands guitarist Jake E. Lee (ex-Rough Cutt, Ozzy Osbourne) and Kelly Hansen (ex-Hurricane).

1993 also saw the release of “Killer Whales”, an album credited to Jon Bare, Tim Bogert & Chet McCracken. Bare, a blues rock guitarist, has also released albums using The Killer Whales as a bandname, sometimes with McCracken on drums. Chet McCracken was a former member of Evergreen Blueshoes (one album in 1969), Help (a psychedelic rock trio with two albums, 1970-1971) and the Doobie Brothers (1979–1982, 1987, substitute drummer in 1993 and 1995). A prolific session drummer, he’d also appeared on releases by America, Stevie Nicks, Joe Walsh, and others. Bare and McCracken subsequently joined a Hawaiian-influenced rock outfit called the Hula Monsters.

Tim Bogert next teamed up with guitarist Mike Onesko and drummer Jeff Martin, the former singer for Racer X who had recently replaced Eric Singer (ex-Lita Ford, Gary Moore, and Black Sabbath – where he replaced Bill Ward who returned after Vinny Appice left with Ronnie James Dio to form Dio – later in Kiss, Alice Cooper and Avantasia) in Badlands. In addition to guitarist Jake E. Lee (ex-Ozzy Osbourne) and vocalist Ray Gillen (ex-Black Sabbath, Phenomena, Blue Murder), Badlands featured Greg Chaisson, a bass player who had previously played with Jeff Martin in Surgical Steel and St. Michael. Chaisson and Martin also played with Onesko in the Blindside Blues Band.

Ray Gillen had (just like another Black Sabbath singer, Tony Martin) briefly been a member of Blue Murder, before John Sykes (ex-Tygers of Pan Tang, Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake) was encouraged by John Kalodner (A&R at Geffen Records) to front the band himself. Sykes initially formed Blue Murder with bassist Tony Franklin (ex-The Firm with Jimmy Page and Paul Rodgers) and drummer Cozy Powell. Carmine Appice joined the project after Powell agreed to join Black Sabbath. Appice was a member between 1987-1991, after which he went on the road as “Vanilla Fudge”. Prior to this, Appice had followed his stint as drummer for Ozzy Osbourne (1983-1984) by forming King Kobra (1983-1989) with bassist Johnny Rod (later in W.A.S.P.), guitarist Mick Sweda (who went on to form Bulletboys), guitarist David Michael-Philips (ex-Keel and The Schoolboys, the band which later became Icon) and Mark Free, the singer that went on to front Signal and Unruly Child. Suffering with gender dysphoria all her life, Free came out to the world as Marcie Free in 1993.

Anyway… Bogert, Martin and Onesko was the backing band on a tribute album to Cream that was released in 1994 as the fifth album by L.A. Blues Authority. The album series featured various different musicians, including Glenn Hughes as the sole singer on their second album. “Cream of the Crop” featured Hughes on one track (“Born Under A Bad Sign”) but also Pat Travers, Richie Kotzen, Joe Lynn Turner, Neal Schon, Leslie West, Rick Derringer, and others.

In 1995, Tim Bogert and Carmine Appice played on three tracks (“Tren Azul”, “Penetieso Blues”, “P.B.A. Boogie”) off “Caso Cerrado”, the eight album by Pappo’s Blues. The first seven albums had been released between 1971 and 1978. Pappo (Norberto Aníbal Napolitano, 1950-2005) was a guitarist from Argentina that started out recording with Los Abuelos de la Nada and Los Gatos. Having spent some years in England, Pappo formed Aeroblus and Riff, pioneering heavy metal in South America. “Caso Cerrado” also featured John Lee Hooker singing “People Don’t Care”.

Tim Bogert contributed one track to the “The Bass Player Fifth Anniversary CD” (1995), the composition “Rosalie” that had previously been featured on the “Pipedream” album of 1979. This release was inspired by two concerts presented in conjunction with the Bass Player Fifth Anniversary celebration of 1994. All of the bassists featured on the CD also performed at one of those two concerts but technical problems and artistic considerations meant that most of the material was assembled from studio recordings, rather than the actual concerts.

“Rosalee” (sic!) was one of the songs later featured on a live album by Char, Bogert and Appice. Hisato “Char” Takenaka toured his Japan in 1999 with Bogert and Carmine Appice, with the album released the following year. Char had formed the band Smoky Medicine in 1973 and released his solo debut three years later. In addition to recording with the bands Pink Cloud (a trio initially called Johnny, Louis & Char) and Psychedelix, Char’s 1981 album “U.S.J” had been co-produced by Steve Lukather and featured Jeff Porcaro and David Foster. Char later released six cover albums in 2010, with songs by Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, The Beatles, The Ventures, Jimmy Page, and Jimi Hendrix.

In 1995, Tim Bogert made four instructional videos for bass players and rock vocalists. Below is one where he taught vocal techniques. Around 19 minutes in, there’s a performance of “Nothin But Blue Skies For Dianne”, a Bogert composition also recorded with Aynsley Dunbar and Devin Powers.

Credited to Powers Music, it seems a full album was recorded with someone called “Small”. The sound quality is of demo quality but it doesn’t sound like it was recorded as early as 1985, as the credit on Youtube would indicate. If anyone knows anything about this project, please fill me in!

The musicians that recorded “Shelter Me”

Jack Russell started working with guitarist Mark Kendall in 1977, eventually singing on all of the releases by their band Great White between 1983 and 2009. In 1996, Russell took 3 years off to record and release his first solo album, “Shelter Me”. Tim Bogert played bass on the album, with the other band members being Matthew Johnson (guitars), Michael Lardie (guitar, keyboards, etc.), and Pat Benatar’s drummer Myron Grombacher (ex-Rick Derringer, Lita Ford, Bob Dylan). Bogert did not contribute any songs to this project, with most of the songs composed by Johnson.

Matthew Johnson would briefly (2000-2001) replace Mark Kendall as guitarist in Great White before that band split in two fractions, with Johnson eventually also joining “Jack Russell’s Great White” in 2011-2012. The multi-instrumentalist Michael Lardie has been a member of Great White (since 1985) and Night Ranger (2003-2007) in addition to working as engineer for Dokken and Saint Vitus. In recent years, he’s turned to production and worked on records by Jake E. Lee and Leslie West, two artists that Bogert incidentally also came to record with.

In 1997, Tim Bogert contributed a track called “Lies” to the Neo Bass Project part 1, a Japanese compilation CD called “Soul of Bass”. “Lies” was written by Tim Bogert, Ben Schultz, and Willie Daffern. It had previously been released by their band Pipedream in 1979.

In 1999, Tim Bogert was inducted into the Hollywood Rock Walk of Fame.

Billy Sheehan, Tony Levin, Larry Graham, Bootsy Collins, Stanley Clarke and Tim Bogert at the Hollywood Rock Walk of Fame on January 27, 1999. Also inducted but not pictured were Leland Sklaar and the late James Jamerson.

In 1999, Tim Bogert began contributing to the series of tribute albums produced by Bob Kulick (Meat Loaf, W.A.S.P., Kiss, etc.) of Balance, Skull, Blackthorne, and Murderer’s Row. By 2006, Bogert had played on covers of songs by Alice Cooper (“Eighteen” with Don Dokken, Bob Kulick, John Norum, Gregg Bissonette, and David Glen Eisley), Ozzy Osbourne (“Mr. Crowley” with Tim “Ripper” Owens, Yngwie Malmsteen, Derek Sherinian, and Tommy Aldridge), Queen (“Spread You Wings” with Tommy Shaw, Dweezil Zappa, Derek Sherinian, and Steve Ferrone), The Beatles (“Hey Jude” with Tim “Ripper” Owens, Bob Kulick, George Lynch, and Chris Slade), and Van Halen.

“Little Guitars – A Tribute To Van Halen” featured Tim Bogert and drummer Frankie Banali on “I’m The One” (w/ Doug Aldrich, Mark Slaughter), “Running With The Devil” (w/ Jake E. Lee, Stephen Pearcy) and “Atomic Punk” (w/ Brad Gillis, Fee Waybill). Bogert also appeared on two tribute albums to Aerosmith, playing bass on “Walk This Way” (w/ Fee Waybill, Steve Lukather, Tommy Aldridge) and “Round and Round” (w/ Tim “Ripper” Owens, Reb Beach, Eric Singer).

Graham Bonnet started out in the an English duo The Marbles (1968-1969), recording some songs written by the Gibb brothers of the Bee Gees. He released his solo debut in 1977 and wrote himself into hard rock history by being chosen by Richie Blackmore to replace Ronnie James Dio in Rainbow (1979–1980). Since then he’d recorded with the Michael Schenker Group, Alcatrazz (with Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai and Danny Johnson), Impellitteri, Forcefield, and Bob Kulick‘s Blackthorne.

Much like Kulick, Graham Bonnet has tended to invite various famous friends to play on his albums. “The Day I Went Mad” was a solo album that Graham Bonnet released in 1999, featuring Tim Bogert playing bass on “Greenwich Meantime”. The song was composed by Jo Eime, the wife of Bonnett who started writing for him even back in the Alcatrazz days of late 1980s. Other performers on the album included Danny Johnson, Vivian Campbell, Slash, Bruce Kulick, and Tony Franklin.

Following the break-up of Vanilla Fudge in 1970, Vince Martell all but left the world of music for thirty years. He did add some backing vocals and rhythm guitar to one song on the Vanilla Fudge re-union album of 1984, but he has no other new entries on Discogs between 1969 and 1999. This was when he finally released his solo album debut, “Endless High”.

In addition to four original Martell compositions (“‘Cause I Love You”, “Ladder Of Life”, “Baby, I’m Blue”, “Thoughts”), it featured covers of Stevie Wonder’s “All In Love Is Fair” and “The Court Of The Crimson King” by King Crimson. Ian McDonald of King Crimson was on hand to provide flute to that track and “Baby, I’m Blue” while Tim Bogert played bass on “Yolanda” and “Thoughts”, a song previously recorded by Vanilla Fudge on their 1968 album “Renaissance”.

The Illusion was a psychedelic rock band from Long Island, New York, active in 1965-1972. John Vinci, Richie Cerniglia, and Chuck Alder were all members of that group and they also all perform on “Endless High”. Both the King Crimson cover and Ron Elliot’s “Just A Little” also featured guest apparances from John Garner, the legendary drummer/vocalist of Sir Lord Baltimore! Apart from some odd singles with a band called Hooverdam in the 1990s, this was Garner’s first entry on Discogs since 1971! He’d soon return with the band The Lizards and also appear (along with The Lizards’ drummer Bobby Rondinelli) on “White Magik”, Mark Stein’s solo debut of 2003.

Bogert and Appice promptly re-united with Martell as “Vanilla Fudge”, playing two shows in 1999 with vocalist/organist Bill Pascali (Pascali Project, The New Rascals) replacing Mark Stein.

In December of 1999, Tim and Carmine also toured Japan with Char, often called “Japan’s Jeff Beck”. The shows resulted in a live album as Char, Bogert & Appice (CBA). The setlists included songs performed by Cactus (“Evil”, “Parchman Farm”), Pipedream (“Rosalee”) and Beck, Bogert & Appice (“Lady”, “Superstition”), along with a couple of originals.

Rick Brannon is a guitarist from Texas that self-released an instrumental EP called “Guitar Freak 2” in the year 2000. Tim Bogert played bass on the release which co-credits Styx bassist Ricky Phillips (ex-The Babys, Bad English) for mixing. Back in the 1980s, after playing Stevie Ray Vaughn’s guitar, Brannon contacted Tim Bogert in Los Angeles. Having heard Rick’s demo, he invited him to come seek his fortune. Rick Brannon played the L.A. area for about a year with Tim on bass, later joining several L.A. bands that were competing with groups like Poison, Warrant, and Guns N’ Roses.

2001 also brought about another project with the legendary rhythm section, this time with guitarist Rick Derringer. Bogert had toured with Derringer back in 1981 and 1983 had seen an album called “Party Tested” by DNA, i.e. Derringer’n’Appice. The trio put together a CD called “”Doin’ Business As…”… you guessed it, “DBA”! In 2009, the DBA album was re-issued with other artwork as “The Sky Is Falling”, adding “Hang On Sloopy” and “Rock ‘N’ Roll Hoochie Coo” as bonus tracks.

Tim Bogert sang lead on “Telling Me Lies” and “Alone Now”. Kelly Keeling (ex-Baton Rouge, Alice Cooper, John Norum Band, MSG, Dokken, and with Carmine Appice in Blue Murder, King Kobra and Carmine Appice’s Guitar Zeus) added keyboards and backing vocals to “Bye Bye Baby”, credited (like all other tracks on the album) to Derringer, Bogert, Appice and Greg Hampton. The latter (who’d later join Vinny Appice in 9 Chambers, a band also featuring Ed Mundell of Monster Magnet and The Atomic Bitchwax) also produced the album together with Carmine Appice.

Vanilla Fudge (Bogert, Appice, Martell and vocalist/organist Bill Pascali) next made the album “The Return” (2001), featuring three new songs in addition to re-recordings of “old hits”. Confusingly, the record was also issued as “Vanilla Fudge” in a cover looking like their self-titled 1967 debut. In 2004, “The Return” got re-issued as “Then And Now”, adding bonus tracks (“Eleanor Rigby” and “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?”, the latter with T.M. Stevens on bass) and a new cover artwork.

The songs not previously recorded by Vanilla Fudge included “Tearin’ Up My Heart”, written by the Swedish hit makers Max Martin and Kristian Lundin for release in 1997 by the boy band NSYNC. The song was originally pitched to the Backstreet Boys but Vanilla Fudge, as always, managed to take a hit song and put their very own spin on it. Speaking of Backstreet Boys, their 1999 hit single “I Want It That Way” (written by Max Martin and Andreas Carlsson) was also covered on this release, as was the Marvin Gaye classic “Ain’t That Peculiar” (originally produced and co-written by Smokey Robinson) that had previously been covered by the all-female rock band Fanny in 1972.

In 2003, Frontiers Records started an intended album series called “Influences & Connections”, inviting musicians that knew or influenced a particular band. Volume One of the series focus on Mr. Big, the American hard rock band formed in 1988 by Eric Martin (lead vocals), Paul Gilbert (guitar), Billy Sheehan (bass), and Pat Torpey (drums). “Influences & Connections – Volume One: Mr. Big” featured Tim Bogert playing bass with “Colorado Bulldog” and “Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy”.

Both tracks featured vocalist Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Rainbow, Deep Purple, Brazen Abbot, Hughes Turner Project) and Mr. Big members Billy Sheehan and Pat Torpey. Joe Lynn Turner had previously been a member of Mother’s Army, a band featuring Carmine Appice, Bob Daisley and guitarist Jeff Watson. “Colorado Bulldog” also featured Lanny Cordola (ex- Giuffria, House of Lords) and Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth) on guitars while Turner’s former employer Yngwie Malmsteen joined Lanny Cordola on guitars for “Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy”. Notably, the first track on the album was the Free song “Mr. Big”, with Sheehan, Torpey, Richie Kotzen (the guitarist who replaced Paul Gilbert in Mr. Big in 1999–2002) and original Free vocalist Paul Rodgers!

Vince Martell was briefly replaced in Vanilla Fudge in 2003-2004 by Teddy Rondinelli (as can be seen in the live video below), the brother of drummer Bobby Rondinelli. Teddy had recently contributed to “Our Cross – Our Sins” (2002), the second album by his brother’s band, “Rondinelli”. That release featured Tony Martin (ex-Black Sabbath) on vocals whereas the debut album, “Wardance” (1996) had been recorded in 1985 with Ray Gillen. Gillen and Bobby Rondinelli (Blue Öyster Cult, Rainbow, Quiet Riot, etc.) were never in Black Sabbath at the same time (Gillen in 1986–1987, Rondinelli in 1993–1997) but they did also play together in the band Sun Red Sun in the 1990s. Anyway, Martell returned and so did Mark Stein in 2005, permanently replacing Bill Pascali in 2006.

Following the initial re-union, there was a series of live albums released by Vanilla Fudge. “The Return – Live in Germany Part 1” and “Rocks the Universe – Live in Germany Part 2” (featuring Bogert, Appice, Pascali and Rondinelli) were both released in 2003. So was “The Real Deal – Vanilla Fudge Live”, but that one was recorded in 1987 with Mark Stein and Paul Hanson on guitar. Vince Martell overdubbed his guitar and vocals later.

“Good Good Rockin’ – Live at Rockpalast” (2007) and “Orchestral Fudge” (a.k.a. “When Two Worlds Collide”, 2008) were both recorded in 2004 by the Bogert/Appice/Pascali/Rondinelli line-up. The latter album also featured the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra. A double DVD called “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” (2009) featured the full Rockpalast concert, interviews, footage from behind the scenes and two songs from the performance with the orchestra, as can be seen below.

2004 saw the arrival of two archival releases with Cactus material from the early 1970s. Released by Rhino Handmade, “Barely Contained – The Studio Sessions” contained the first three Cactus albums in full plus the studio tracks off the second side of “‘Ot ‘n’ Sweaty”.

What made this release really interesting, however, was the presence of four tracks not previously available: “Sweet Little 16”, “Rumblin’ Man” (based on “Rumble”, the instrumental single by Link Wray & His Ray Men from 1958, and previously included on “Cactology: The Cactus Collection” in 1996), “The Sun Is Shining” (with lyrics lifted from the Jimmy Reed song of 1957) and “Hound Dog Sniffin'”. The first three were all recorded during the sessions for the first album, “Cactus”, while “Hound Dog Sniffin'” is an outtake from the “One Way… or Another” sessions.

While all of “‘Ot ‘n’ Sweaty” wasn’t on “Barely Contained”, this was rectified through the companion piece, “Fully Unleashed: The Live Gigs”. In addition to the three live tracks off the first side of “‘Ot ‘n’ Sweaty”, it also included a version of “Bedroom Mazurka” from the same concert on 04/03/72. This track had previously only been available on the 1972 album “Mar Y Sol”, a double LP featuring performances from a festival in Puerto Rico that also had the J. Geils Band, Black Sabbath, Bang, Dr. John, B.B. King, Osibisa, The Allman Brothers Band, Nitzinger, and ELP on the bill.

“Fully Unleashed” also included the Cactus tracks (“No Need To Worry” and “Parchman Farm”) included on a 1971 triple album called “The First Great Rock Festivals Of The Seventies – Isle Of Wight / Atlanta Pop Festival”. Other artists featured on that release included Johnny Winter, Poco, The Allman Brothers Band, Mountain, Ten Years After, Jimi Hendrix,  and Miles Davis. Cactus were recorded in England at the third Isle Of Wight Festival on 08/28/70.

Wicked Lester in 1972 with Ron Leejack of Cactus, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Brooke Ostrander, and Tony Zarrella.

The main portion of “Fully Unleashed: The Live Gigs” was, however, previously never released. The final concert by the original line-up at the Ellis Auditorium in Memphis, Tennessee (12/19/71) was included in full in addition to two tracks (“One Way… Or Another” and “Bro. Bill”) from Gilligan’s in Buffalo, NY (06/27/71). That same venue was also the origin for the concert eventually released as “Fully Unleashed: The Live Gigs Vol. II” in 2007. The recording date for that show was said to have been the previous night, 06/26/71. Those two shows featured Ron Leejack, a former bandmate of Carmine Appice in Thursday’s Children, who was briefly brought in as a rhythm guitarist in Cactus. Ron LeeJack is otherwise best known for his role as guitarist in the pre-KISS band Wicked Lester.

Another live album was released in 2010 as “Ultra Sonic Boogie 1971”. It was recorded in New York at Ultra Sonic Studios, the place where the first Cactus album was recorded.

In 2005, Tim Bogert played bass on a number of releases featuring drummer Aynsley Dunbar.

A session musician since the 1960s, Aynsley Dunbar had played with Peter Green in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers before joining the Jeff Beck Group and forming the Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation, whose “Warning” was covered by Black Sabbath in 1970. Dunbar had since played with everyone from Frank Zappa and Journey to Jefferson Starship, David Bowie, Lou Reed and Whitesnake. Dunbar also played with Pete Way in Mogg/Way and UFO (2000, 2002-2003) before teaming up with former Mountain frontman Leslie West on his 2003 solo album  “Blues to Die For”.

Tim Bogert joined Dunbar for the recording of Leslie West’s “Got Blooze” (2005), a set of bluesy cover songs such as “Baby Please Don’t Go”, “I Can’t Quit You”, “(Look Over) Yonder’s Wall”, “The Sky Is Crying”, and “The Thrill Is Gone”. A solid blues rock album, it also included a cover of “Walk In My Shadow” off the first Free album, 1969’s “Tons of Sobs”. Leslie West had previously recorded the Free songs “Little Bit of Love” and “The Stealer”. Tim Bogert had previously played with Leslie West on Bo Diddley’s 1976 album “The 20th Anniversary Of Rock ‘N’ Roll”.

Bogert and Dunbar also played on the Jake E. Lee cover album “Retraced”. Released in 2005, it also featured former Michael Schenker Group (2001–2004, 2006) frontman Chris Logan on vocals. Jake E. Lee (born Jakey Lou Williams) had joined Ozzy Osbourne’s band in 1982–1987, following brief stints in Dio (October – November 1982), Rough Cutt (1982) and Mickey Ratt (1981), Stephen Pearcy’s band that went on to become Ratt. Following his stint with Ozzy, the guitarist formed Badlands (1988-1993) and played with Wicked Alliance before releasing his solo debut in 1996.

The songs covered on “Retraced” included Robin Trower’s “I Can’t Stand It”, Procol Harum’s “Whiskey Train” (written by Robin Trower and Keith Reid), Willie Dixon’s “Evil” (as previously covered by Tim Bogert in Cactus), Free’s “I’ll Be Creepin'”, “I Come Tumblin'” by Grand Funk Railroad, the Montrose classic “Rock Candy”, and “Love Is Worth The Blues”, a song that Leslie West first recorded for the first album by West, Bruce and Laing.

Michael Schenker (ex-UFO, Scorpions, MSG) recorded two albums as the Schenker Pattison Summit in 2004-2005, “The Endless Jam” and “The Endless Jam Continues”. Tim Bogert joined Aynsley Dunbar for the recording of the latter album, while the first “Endless Jam” had featured bassist Gunter Nezhoda playing with Dunbar, Schenker and Davey Pattison, a singer who had previously worked with Robin Trower (1987-1990, 2003) and Gamma (1978-1983, 2000) with Ronnie Montrose.

“The Endless Jam Continues” was another album made up of cover songs, such as Paul Rodgers’ “Rock Steady”, George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and Eric Clapton’s “Layla”, first recorded by Bad Company, The Beatles and Derek and the Dominos respectively. “Too Rolling Stoned” off Robin Trower’s excellent 1974 album “Bridge of Sighs” is arguably one of the better tracks here, along with Cream’s “Badge” (Clapton/Harrison) and “The Hunter”, a song written by Booker T. and the MGs for Albert King in 1967, and soon covered by Blue Cheer, Free, Blues Magoos and Ike & Tina Turner. Another highlight is Willie Dixon’s “Wang Dang Doodle”, as recorded by Howlin’ Wolf in 1960 and covered by Koko Taylor, Love Sculpture, Savoy Brown, The Grateful Dead, and others.

In 2005, Vanilla Fudge also reformed with all the original members (Martell, Stein, Bogert, Appice) for a tour with The Doors and Steppenwolf. In July 2006, this line-up of Vanilla Fudge also recorded an album of songs by Led Zeppelin, “Out Through the In Door” (2007). The album title was obviously a word play on Led Zeppelin’s 1979 album title “In Through the Out Door”. Back in 1969, when this original Vanilla Fudge line-up last recorded a studio album, Led Zeppelin had also been the opening act for Vanilla Fudge on a U.S. tour. Vanilla Fudge had also been a huge influence on early Deep Purple, a band who next requested that Vanilla Fudge would open for them in 2007.

As if a re-union of the original Vanilla Fudge wasn’t enough, 2006 also saw Bogert and Appice reform Cactus with their original guitarist, Jim McCarty. Rusty Day, of course, was long dead since 1982 and so they brought in Jimmy Kunes on vocals and Randy Pratt on harmonica. This line-up first performed at B.B. King’s Blues Club in New York City, warming up for an appearance at the Sweden Rock Festival in June 2006. The first re-union show in NYC was later released on CD as “Do Not Kick Against The Pricks” (2012) and “Live In The USA” (2014).

This was soon followed by a studio album, “Cactus V” in July of 2006. All songs were co-credited to Carmine Appice, Tim Bogert, Jimmy Kunes and Jim McCarty, except “Living for Today” which also co-credited former Cactus vocalist Peter French.

Jimmy Kunes had briefly fronted Savoy Brown (1986-1987) before recording albums with bands called Luv Junkies (1993) and Love Train (1999), the latter being a band that also featured Randy Pratt on guitar. Randy Pratt had then gone on to play bass in The Lizards, the band featuring Bobby Rondinelli and John Garner, the former vocalist and drummer for Sir Lord Baltimore.

This line-up of Cactus (Bogert, Appice, McCarty, Kunes) was featured on two DVD releases, “Cactus Live” (2007) and “Live, Loud & Proud” (2010). The first featured performances from the concert at B.B. King’s Blues Club which was also released on CD as “Do Not Kick Against The Pricks”/”Live In The USA”. “Live, Loud & Proud” featured performance footage from various concerts on the Cactus tour of 2006-2007, including special appearances from Warren Haynes, Pat Travers and Joe Bonamassa. In addition, there was interviews with the band members, a music video for “The Groover” (off “Cactus V”) and testimonials from Vinnie Moore (UFO), Shawn Drover (Megadeth), Ty Tabor (King’s X), Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), and more!

Sadly, Tim Bogert was also involved in a serious motorcycle accident, leaving him unable to perform for a couple of years. Bogert and McCarty both left Cactus in 2008, replaced first by Elliot Dean Rubinson and former Cactus guitarist Werner Fritzchings. McCarty would return in 2011-2017, however, joining bassist Pete Bremy, Bogert’s successor in Vanilla Fudge. Carmine Appice and Jimmy Kunes now lead a band called “Cactus” with guitarist Paul Warren and Jimmy Caputo on bass. They’ve even got a new album ready for release in April of 2021, “Tightrope”.

Tim Bogert, Emery Ceo and Mike Onesko.

Back in 1994, Tim Bogert and Mike Onesko played Cream covers on an album credited to L.A. Blues Authority. The two eventually re-united to do the same with drummer Emery Ceo, a successor to Jeff Martin in Onesko’s Blindside Blues Band. “Big Electric Cream Jam” (2009) by the Onesko Bogert Ceo Project was recorded live at the Beachland Ballroom in Euclid, Ohio on 9/9 of 2008.

Vova Mogeladze with Carmine Appice and Tim Bogert.

According to wikipedia, Tim Bogert joined the blues rock trio Blues Mobile Band in Los Angeles for the recording of “Blues Without Borders” in 2009. I’ve been unable to fully verify that such a release actually exist but Bogert and Appice does appear to have played with the Blues Mobile Band on occasion and studio rehearsals with the trio are available online. Vova Mogeladse (guitar, vocals) formed the band in 1986 and released their first album in 1993. Mogeladse has previously shared the stage with people like Alvin Lee, John Mayall, Jimmy Smith, Robert Gray, and Walter Trout.

In 2010, the problems from the motorcycle accident forced Bogert to reluctantly retire from touring. In 2006, when Bogert and Appice decided to focus on Cactus rather than Vanilla Fudge, Stein and Martell had continued to tour as “Mark Stein and Vince Martell of Vanilla Fudge”, joined by Jimmyjack Tamburo on drums and Pete Bremy on bass. Following the announcement that Bogert would retire from touring, he was replaced permanently in Vanilla Fudge by Pete Bremy, who along with T. M. Stevens had substituted for an ill Bogert back in 2002. Bogert did thus not play on the final Vanilla Fudge studio album, 2015’s “Spirit of ’67”.

Rhino Handmade released a 4 CD set in 2010 called “Box of Fudge”. In addition to tracks from the Vanilla Fudge studio albums, the boxset featured live performances from the Bogert days and even some previously unreleased studio tracks, such as the “Heartache Jam” and a longer version of “Good Good Livin'” from 1969. One reviewer at RYM praises the live recording from the Fillmore West and goes on to mention that “Love Jam” sounds like they were just jamming and spontaneously came up with the “Need Love” riff. “Movin’ On” is the blues section from “Break Song”. If you wanted to hear the whole song, it’s here in all it’s extended blues jamming glory. The final track doesn’t seem to have any connection to other songs like the previous two, which is why they gave it that generic title, “VF Studio Jam”.

Javier Vargas is a Spanish blues guitarist, leading the Vargas Blues Band since 1991. In 2011, he teamed up with Tim Bogert and Carmine Appice for an album called “VBA”. Along for the ride was vocalist Paul Shortino, who’d recently joined Carmine Appice in a re-formed King Kobra.
Paul Shortino is otherwise best known for fronting Rough Cutt (1981-1987, 2000-2002) and replacing Kevin DuBrow in Quiet Riot (1987-1989). Rough Cutt were managed by Wendy Dio, something which led to Rought Cutt members Jake E. Lee (briefly), Craig Goldy and Claude Schnell eventually joining Vinny Appice in her husband’s band, Dio.

“VBA” was an album of cover songs, such as Gary Moore’s “Parisienne Walkways”, “Surrender” by Cheap Trick, “Deep Purple’s “Black Night” and “It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock’N’Roll)” by AC/DC. A slightly more obscure cut was “Soul of Love” off the second solo album with original material (1997’s “Now”) by Paul Rodgers, the former frontman of Free and Bad Company. The “VBA” album opened with a new take on the Beck, Bogert & Appice classic “Lady”.

2014 saw the release of “Friends”, a five track release credited simply to Bogert & Appice. Tim and Carmine were joined by several other musicians associated with Vanilla Fudge: Vince Martell, Teddy Rondinelli, T.M. Stevens, and Bill Pascali. “Eternity” was composed by Pascali and Appice but all the other tracks were covers. “Bye Bye Love” was originally done by The Everly Brothers in 1957 and “Black Box” was written by Jordan Tarlow for The Fuzztones, his garage rock revival band. The original version was released in 1989 on their album “In Heat”.

Included as a bonus track was a version of the Alicia Keys song “Falling” with Brian Auger on organ. Back in 1965, Brian Auger had formed The Steampacket with Long John Baldry, Julie Driscoll, and Rod Stewart, prior to him joining the Jeff Beck Group. Auger went on to record with Driscoll and Trinity before forming the jazz fusion ensemble Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express. In 1971, he also produced and played piano on the sole album by Mogul Thrash, a band featuring John Wetton before he went on to sing and play with Family (1971-1972), King Crimson (1972-1974), Roxy Music (1974-1975), Uriah Heep (1975-1976), UK (1977-1980, 2009, 2011-2015), Wishbone Ash (1980-1981) and Asia (1981-1986, 1989-1991, 2006-2017).

In the 1980s, Brian Auger and Tim Bogert supposedly toured with a band called Maestro, a group which also featured Gregg Errico (ex-Sly & The Family Stone, 1966-1971) and Kim Simmonds. The latter is, of course, the founder and sole constant member of Savoy Brown since 1965. As such, he was also the employer of the future Cactus vocalist Jimmy Kunes around the same period, before re-uniting with Dave Walker (1971–1972, 1987–1991), the singer whose past collaborators included The Idle Race (1970-1971), Fleetwood Mac (1972-1973), Hungry Fighter (1974), John Cipollina’s Raven (1975-1976) and, briefly, Black Sabbath (1977-1978). Greg Errico had also played with Weather Report, David Bowie, Betty Davis, Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles, the Jerry Garcia Band, and The Rhythm Devils, a group built around Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, and Phil Lesh of The Grateful Dead. Tim Bogert never released anything with Maestro, however.

An album called “Black Lit Night” was released by The Infantry in 2014. Tim Bogert played on the title track while Cactus guitarist Jim McCarty could be heard on the opening track, “Keep Movin'”.

As mentioned way back at the very beginning of this article, Tim Bogert also contributed to three tracks off the “Big Trouble” album by Hollywood Monsters: “Another Day In Grey – Part 1”, “Move On” and “Song For a Fool”. All three were written by band leader Steph Honde, who had previously toured with Deep Purple and AC/DC as a member of the French hard rock band Café Bertrand (2004-2010). Following that, he toured with Paul Di’Anno (ex-Iron Maiden) and The Stars. Vinny Appice plays drums on most of the “Big Trouble” (2014) tracks with other contributors including Paul Di’Anno and Don Airey, who played Hammond B3 on “Move On”.

Steph Honde and Tim Bogert right after their first meeting in Simi Valley. “I will always remember this evening and how supportive he was with me”, Honde wrote. “I later met Vinny Appice in a place in Ventura, if I remember well. I was very nervous because I was a big fan of his drumming and, on top of that , I could barely speak English….and that was very frustrating….imagine : you are sitting next to one of your musical Heroes and you can’t express yourself! Vinny liked the demos and agreed to play on the album”.

Following the death of Bogert, Steph Honde recalled their friendship on Facebook. “10 years ago I decided to make some big changes in my life and take the risk to fly to L.A for the first time without knowing anybody and without knowing the language. You were the first musician I’ve met. We had dinner in a restaurant in Simi Valley. I’ll never forget this evening, it was so inspiring and I was so impressed. You were the first big name that believed in my project: Hollywood Monsters. We later became friends, I used to love hanging with you at your house and go out for Sushi. You told me so many stories about your musical past, some funny and some totally crazy. I will also always remember the night you took your small amp, plugged your bass, and sang a song just for me at your place. At that time I wished that my friends in France could have been with me to experience this magical moment. Tim, you were and still are my musical hero. I sincerely hope that you’ll get the tribute that you deserve: You have changed the way the bass is played, you are as important as Eddie Van Halen or Jimi Hendrix. I’ll miss you so much my friend.”

Hollywood Monsters has released two more albums, “Capture The Sun” and “Thriving On Chaos”. The former (2016) features Tim Bogert playing bass on “It’s A Lie”, a song with Danko Jones on vocals. Other performers on that album included Neil Murray, Tony Franklin, Tracy G, Craig Goldy,  and Andreas Johansson. According to wikipedia, the latter album (2019) is also supposed to feature Bogert somewhere along with Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth of Overkill. I’ve found no evidence of this, however, though it does feature Vinny Appice, Ted McKenna, Don Airey, and Tommy Denander.

Cactus released a sixth studio album in 2016, “Black Dawn”. Tim Bogert was no longer a member when the new songs were recorded but the album also included two previously unheard songs recorded by the original band (Bogert, Appice, McCarty and Rusty Day) in the 1970s. “Another Way Or Another” and “C-70 Blues” had recently been unearthed by Carmine Appice. Tim Bogert continued to do session work locally in Simi Valley and over the Internet until a few years before his passing. Still, these old Cactus songs were probably the last Bogert tracks to be released.


Tim Bogert discography
1966: The Pigeons – (In The) Midnight Hour b/w Stick In My Corner, Baby (single)
1967: Vanilla Fudge – Vanilla Fudge
1968: Vanilla Fudge – The Beat Goes On
1968: Vanilla Fudge – Renaissance
1969: Vanilla Fudge – Near The Beginning
1970: Vanilla Fudge – Rock & Roll
1970: The Pigeons – While The World Was Eating Vanilla Fudge (recorded 1966)
1970: Cactus – Cactus
1971: Cactus – One Way… or Another
1971: Cactus – Restrictions
1972: Cactus – Ot ‘n’ Sweaty
1973: Beck, Bogert & Appice – Beck, Bogert & Appice
1973: Beck, Bogert & Appice – Beck, Bogert & Appice Live (in Japan)
1976: Bo Diddley – The 20th Anniversary Of Rock ‘N’ Roll
1977: Boxer – Absolutely
1979: Pipedream – Pipedream
1981: Tim Bogert – Progressions
1982: Buzzy Linhart – Four Sides Of Buzzy Linhart (EP)
1983: Tim Bogert – Master’s Brew (EP)
1984: Vanilla Fudge – Mystery
1985: Mark Edwards – Code Of Honor (EP)
1992: Ben Schultz Band – Tri Ality
1993: Jon Bare, Tim Bogert & Chet McCracken – Killer Whales
1994: L.A. Blues Authority – Volume V: Cream Of The Crop (A Tribute)
1996: Jack Russell – Shelter Me
2000: Char, Bogert & Appice – Live (recorded 1999)
2001: Derringer, Bogert & Appice – Doin’ Business As… (a.k.a.”The Sky Is Falling”)
2001: Vanilla Fudge – The Return (a.k.a. “Vanilla Fudge”, a.k.a. “Then And Now”)
2003: Vanilla Fudge – The Return – Live in Germany Part 1 (live 2003)
2003: Vanilla Fudge – Rocks the Universe – Live in Germany Part 2 (live 2003)
2003: Vanilla Fudge – The Real Deal – Vanilla Fudge Live (live 1987)
2004: Cactus – Barely Contained: The Studio Sessions (four new tracks, recorded 1970-1972)
2004: Cactus – Fully Unleashed: The Live Gigs (live 1970-1972)
2005: Leslie West – Got Blooze
2005: Jake E. Lee – Retraced
2005: Schenker Pattison Summit – The Endless Jam Continues
2006: Cactus – Cactus V
2007: Cactus – Cactus Live (DVD, live 2006)
2007: Cactus – Fully Unleashed: The Live Gigs Vol. II (live 1971)
2007: Vanilla Fudge – Out Through the in Door
2007: Vanilla Fudge – Good Good Rockin’ – Live at Rockpalast (live 2004)
2008: Vanilla Fudge – Orchestral Fudge (a.k.a. “When Two Worlds Collide”) (live 2004)
2009: Vanilla Fudge – You Keep Me Hangin’ On (DVD, live 2004)
2009: Onesko Bogert Ceo Project – Big Electric Cream Jam (live 2008)
2010: Vanilla Fudge – Box of Fudge (compilation with previously unreleased recordings)
2010: Cactus – Ultra Sonic Boogie 1971 (live 1971)
2010: Cactus – Live, Loud & Proud (DVD, live 2006-2007)
2010: Blues Mobile Band – Blues Without Borders (studio rehearsals with Vova Mogeladze?)
2011: Javier Vargas, Tim Bogert, Carmine Appice featuring Paul Shortino – VBA
2012: Cactus – Do Not Kick Against The Pricks (a.k.a. “Live In The USA”) (live 2006)
2014: Bogert & Appice – Friends (EP)
2016: Cactus – Black Dawn (only on two bonus tracks from the 1970s)

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Cactus bassist Tim Bogert (1944-2021) remembered for a career spanning Vanilla Fudge, Jeff Beck, Steve Perry and Hollywood Monsters

March 15, 2021

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. Bogert made two solo releases in addition to working with The Pigeons, Bobby and the Midnites (with Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead), Mike Patto's band Boxer, and Pipedream. In more recent years, Bogert also played on releases by Michael Schenker, Jack Russell of Great White, Mountain's Leslie West, and Jake E. Lee of Badlands and Ozzy Osbourne's band.

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