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15 December 1946, Staten Island, New York, USA. This talented and versatile drummer originally played in small bands on the New York bar circuit. He was a member of the Vagrants, whom he left with guitarist Vince Martell (b. 11 November 1945, the Bronx, New York City, New York, USA) to join the Pigeons with Tim Bogert (b. 27 August 1944, Richfield, New Jersey, USA; bass/vocals) and Mark Stein (b. 11 March 1947, Bayonne, New Jersey, USA; keyboards/vocals). In December 1966 this foursome renamed themselves Vanilla Fudge, a band perhaps best remembered for the ambitious The Beat Goes On, one track of which was an attempt to chart the entire history of popular music in just 12 minutes.
Vanilla Fudge disbanded in 1970, and Appice and Bogert went on to form Cactus. This was an exciting project that came to an end in 1972 with the formation of the fifth Jeff Beck group, which Appice and Bogert joined. Appice had intended to make this career move...