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Tim Bogert, Vanilla Fudge + Cactus Bassist, Dies at 76 |

Tim Bogert, bassist and founding member of Vanilla Fudge, Cactus and supergroup Beck, Bogert & Appice, has died after what an official statement termed "a long and valiant battle with cancer" at age 76.

His longtime bandmate, drummer Carmine Appice, shared the sad news via a Facebook post today. "He was like a brother to me. He was my friend for over 50 years," Appice wrote. "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 at holding down a groove."

Bogert was born Aug. 27, 1944 in New York City and grew up playing multiple instruments. After moving to New Jersey, he played saxophone in local band the Belltones, which later evolved into the Chessmen.

But after realizing the popularity of surf music, he switched to electric bass, the instrument that defined his career. In 1965, he co-founded the band the Pigeons with singer-keyboardist Mark Stein, guitarist Vince Martell and drummer Joey Brennan; they replaced the latter with Appice and eventually adopted the quirky moniker Vanilla Fudge.