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Vanilla Fudge

Biography

In the 1960s, Vanilla Fudge took pop songs that were in rotation on the radio, slowed down the tempo and added elements of both psychedelia and what would later be termed heavy metal. The best example of this is their floating, ultra heavy take on the Supremes' song "You Keep Me Hangin' On." Play that one real loud and try not to put on a dramatic arm-waving lip-synch show. It's impossible. The band was formed on Long Island in 1965 but disbanded in 1970, after constant touring with the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin and several hit singles under their belt. Bassist Tim Bogert and drummer Carmine Appice played with Jeff Beck for a time, releasing the mega-selling Beck, Bogert and Appice record in 1973. The pair then went on to form the hard-boogeying Cactus.
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