l to r:  Tim Bogert, Billy Sheehan, actor Steven Segal, James Jamerson's widow and daughter, Stanley Clarke. In bachground Bootsy Collins & Larry Graham

Photo by Kris Osward

Tim Bogert

inducted into

Hollywood's RockWalk®

by Christine Thomas

On Wednesday, January 27, 1999 at high noon, nine legendary bass players were inducted into Hollywood's RockWalk in front of Guitar Center Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California. Inducted posthumously were James Jamerson and Jaco Pastorius. James' widow and several other family members accepted the honor on his behalf and Jaco's brother-in-law accepted his honor on behalf of Jaco's family and his wife Ingrid.

In attendance at the "Bass Greats" induction ceremony were the following inductees:

  • Tim Bogert

  • Stanley Clarke
  • Tony Levin
  • Larry Graham
  • Billy Sheehan
  • Bootsy Collins
  • Leland Sklar

Fellow Vanilla Fudge member Carmine Appice attended and, as a surprise guest, actor Steven Seagal. The entire event was hosted by Jim Ladd, a DJ from KLOS the best local Los Angeles rock station.

While introducing TIM BOGERT, Jim Ladd said that even 30 years later "You Keep Me Hanging On" by the Vanilla Fudge is still requested on a regular basis. He said that he, "will go to work tonight and I guarantee someone will call in to request that song."

Each inductee signed their name and placed their hands in a block of wet cement. The block will be included in the foyer sidewalk along with other legendary musicians and rock bands. Tourists and LA residents can visit the sight during their next trip to Hollywood.

Each inductee also received a beautiful plaque commemorating the event and individual proclamations from Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan.

Tim had a great time. He smiled so much that his cheeks hurt. Many of his friends and former students attended the event. It was a wonderful day and I think Tim was very proud and honored to be a part of it.

During his acceptance speech Tim said, "I'm speechless and, for those of you who know me, you know how significant that is."

According to their web site at http://www.rockwalk.com, "Hollywood's RockWalk is dedicated to honoring those individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to the development and continuing evolution of Rock 'N Roll, and to serve as an ongoing tribute to them." It goes on to say, "...inductees are chosen solely by past honorees. Selections are determined through secret ballot by each of the past winners; each of whom are asked to submit a list of who they would consider to be three deserving inductees. The individual or group receiving the most first place votes is designated as the next inductee.... In this way, inductees are chosen by real 'musical authorities,' those who would best be suited to gauge his or her contributions to Rock 'N Roll as an art form."

Congratulations to all of the inductees, but we send particular congratulations to Tim Bogert.

L to R; Lee Sklaar, Tim, actor Steven Segal, Bootsy Collins,
James Jamerson's widow and Larry Graham

Photo by Kris Osward



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