Tim Bogert, who was part of such major acts as Vanilla Fudge and Cactus, and later in the super-group Beck, Bogert & Appice, died today of cancer at 76. His death was confirmed by his former bandmate Carmine Appice. At his death, he was working with Beck and Appice on a forthcoming live Beck, Bogert & Appice album Bogert was long considered one of the great rock bassists during the heyday of the genre in the 1960s and ’70s, one of the few early rockers whose solos could hold an audience. Musicians Institute, a Hollywood music school where Bogert taught, issued a statement mourning his passing. “Today we mourn the loss of our friend and former faculty member, #TimBogert. A statement from MI Bass instructor, Maurice Verloop: MI and the global bass community have had the great fortune of experiencing one the great pioneers of bass guitar in our lifetime. We celebrate his contributions as an artist, educator and human being. His groove will live on through all the students he inspired and his impressive catalog of recordings. You are missed.” I used to have some of those albums back in the day. Never saw him live as far as I know. A (wee) bit before my time.