Tim Bogert

John Voorhis "Tim" Bogert III[1] (born August 27, 1944 in New York City) is an American musician. He graduated from Ridgefield Memorial High School in his hometown in 1963. As a bass guitarist and vocalist he is best known for his powerful vocal ability and his fast runs, fluid agility and ground-breaking sound on his Fender Precision bass. He was one of the pioneers of using distortion with his bass to help it cut through the mix with the low-powered amps of his time which also imparted a very sharp-edged sound to it. He is a frequent collaborator with drummer Carmine Appice; the duo appeared in such bands as Vanilla Fudge,[2] Cactus and the power trio Beck, Bogert & Appice.[3]

Tim Bogert
Bogert with Beck, Bogert & Appice, 1972
Bogert with Beck, Bogert & Appice, 1972
Background information
Birth nameJohn Voorhis Bogert III
Born (1944-08-27) August 27, 1944 (age 75)
New York City, U.S.
GenresBlues rock, hard rock, psychedelic rock, heavy metal
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsBass, vocals
Years active1965 – 2009
LabelsAtlantic, Atco, Epic,Grooveyard Records Repertoire
Associated actsBeck, Bogert & Appice
Vanilla Fudge
Jake E. Lee
Hollywood Monsters
WebsiteTim Bogert.com


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

In 1970 Bogert formed the rock band Cactus[4] with drummer Carmine Appice, guitarist Jim McCarty and Rusty Day, and played with guitarist Jeff Beck, after the second Jeff Beck Group had disbanded in 1972 and eventually became a member of the power trio Beck, Bogert & Appice, late in 1972. As a member of the post-second Jeff Beck Group, also known as Jeff Beck Group he toured Europe, Japan and US from January 1972 until January 1974. In late 1975, he played bass guitar on Bo Diddley's The 20th Anniversary of Rock 'n' Roll all-star album.

Bogert with bass guitar

Bogert then joined up with Bobby and the Midnites, a musical side project assembled by guitarist and vocalist Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead. Despite touring with the group, Bogert left before their eponymous album was released and was replaced by Alphonso Johnson. He then joined UK group Boxer and played on their final album "Absolutely" in 1977 – he had co-writing credits on three tracks on this album. The album and subsequent tour met with an indifferent response and the band had folded by 1978. During 1981 Bogert toured with guitarist Rick Derringer and released an album Progressions. He recorded his second album Master's Brew in 1983 and recorded Mystery with Vanilla Fudge in 1984. In 1981 Bogert became a faculty member at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood. In 1993 he worked with the Japanese guitarist Pata, recording the album Pata.

In early 1999 The Hollywood Rock Walk of Fame recognised Tim Bogert's contribution to rock history. That year, he teamed up with Appice and Char to tour Japan in a unit called CB&A, with a live album released the following year.[5] Later in 1999 Bogert worked with Triality, and Shelter Me. In 2000 Bogert and Carmine Appice formed the power trio DBA with Rick Derringer and toured with Vanilla Fudge.

In 2008, Bogert decided to retire from touring. During 2009 Bogert joined blues rock trio Blues Mobile Band and recorded "Blues Without Borders" (2009) in Los Angeles.

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

In early 2014 Bogert joined hard rock band Hollywood Monsters where he played on the album Big Trouble (on three tracks) which was released in 2014 on Mausoleum Records. The album features Steph Honde on vocals and guitars, Vinny Appice on drums, Don Airey on keyboards and Paul Di'Anno on lead vocals on the bonus track.[6]


  1. ^ Greg Prato. "Tim Bogert". Allmusic.com. Retrieved February 15, 2009.
  2. ^ Steve Huey. "Vanilla Fudge". Allmusic.com. Retrieved February 15, 2009.
  3. ^ Hjort and Hinman. Jeff's book: A Chronology of Jeff Beck's Career 1965–1980. pp. 80, 101–103, 105, 107, 119, 120, 122, 123, 125, 126, 128, 129, 131, 133, 134, 136, 139, 142, 143, 144, 146–149, 151.
  4. ^ Jim Newsom. "Cactus". Allmusic.com. Retrieved February 15, 2009.
  5. ^ "Tim Bogert Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  6. ^ "Hollywood Monsters Signs With Mausoleum". Rock N Growl Records. May 5, 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2014.


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

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