Tim Bogert – January 13, age 76
Flip side: Come By Day, Come By Night
A side: You Keep Me Hangin’ On (re-issue)
Top 100 debut: July 13, 1968
Peak position: 6
In 1967, Vanilla Fudge’s self-titled debut album included Beatles compositions, which George Harrison was a fan of, and the Holland-Dozier-Holland composition, “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” slowed down from the crisp pace of The Supremes’ hit in the prior year, and ran over seven minutes. An edited single version, tracking at less than three minutes, stalled at No. 67, with “Take Me for a Little While” on the flip side. In the summer of 1968, “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” was attempted again as a single, with a new flip side called “Come By Day, Come By Night,” and it went to the Top 10. Tim Bogert’s bass throbbing sounded like rain drops on the exclusive flip side, not included on their albums. After “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” concluded its twelve week run in the Top 100, its original flip side, “Take Me For a Little While” was released as an A side. This cover version of Evie Sands’ song spent a month in the Top 40 in late 1968.
Composer Lamont Dozier told Goldmine, “Tim Bogert was an amazing bassist in Vanilla Fudge. He gave ‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On’ an incredible feeling and in my opinion was the reason the song went all the way to the Top 10 for a second time, after The Supremes’ initial success. I was thrilled to hear the cover of my song by this band, and it will always be one of my favorites of all time. Tim, God bless you and rest in peace, my brother.”
After Vanilla Fudge, Tim Bogert and the group’s drummer Carmine Appice went on to the bands Cactus and Beck, Bogert and Appice, with Jeff Beck.
Phil Spector – January 16, age 81
During the holiday season, we featured A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector, the classic 1963 album including the song “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” by Darlene Love, which Phil Spector co-wrote. As a producer, he created his legendary wall of sound, and this style was heard on girl group hits including “Be My Baby” for the Ronettes, with his ex-wife Ronnie Spector on lead vocals, “Uptown” by The Crystals and more female led hits. The Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” and Ike & Tina Turner’s “River Deep, Mountain High” are more examples of the full sound he created in the 1960s.
In the 1970s, Phil Spector brought beauty to The Beatles’ final No. 1 single “The Long and Winding Road,” from their Let It Be album. His wall of sound style was heard on John Lennon’s “Instant Karma” and he produced classic Beatles’ solo albums including George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass and The Concert for Bangladesh and John Lennon’s Imagine, plus his single “Happy Xmas (War is Over).”
Phil Spector’s style was a key influence for Brian Wilson, as heard on Beach Boys records, along with big sounding recordings by Bruce Springsteen, ABBA, Meat Loaf and many more.