Friday, February 15, 2013

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Beck, Bogert & Appice

Artist:Beck, Bogert & Appice
Album:Beck, Bogert & Appice

Most music fans should be familiar with the Stevie Wonder classic Superstition from his 1974 album Talking Book. But you may not know that Wonder conceived Superstition with British guitar legend Jeff Beck and then gave it to Beck. Beck released it first with the short lived power trio Beck, Bogert & Appice. Bassist Tim Bogert and drummer Carmine Appice are best known for their days with Vanilla Fudge. Beck met them in 1967 and immediately wanted to work with them. He wanted to form a hard rock super trio. After two years of talking, Bogert and Appice signed a contract with Beck in Sept. 1969. But then Beck was injured in a Nov. car crash. Bogert and Appice formed Cactus and Beck formed The Jeff Beck Group. Cactus split up in early 1972 and Beck decided to add Bogert and Appice to The Jeff Beck Group. The original lineup included keyboard player Max Middleton and singer Kim Milford. After playing a few shows, Milford was replaced by Bobby Tench. They toured the US and then Middleton and Tench left. The band continued as Beck, Bogert & Appice. Then they recorded the album Beck, Bogert & Appice. Beck created the drum track for Superstition while working in the recording studio with Wonder. Wonder gave the song to Beck but Motown owner Berry Gordy insisted Wonder record it himself first. Beck played guitar on Wonder's recording of Superstition. Beck, Bogert & Appice toured in 1973 to support the album. They started to record a second album in 1974 and then split up. The album was never finished. Beck, Bogert & Appice is available as a budget CD. After the band split up, Beck turned to a more jazz rock sound. Here's Beck, Bogert & Appice performing Superstition on ABC In Concert at Santa Monica, CA May 1973.

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