Since 1968, Tower of Power has been bringing its trademark brand of horn-centered jazz-funk to audiences worldwide. Going through many incarnations over the years, the most well-known lead vocalist of the band was Lenny Williams, who played with the band during its breakout period of 1973 to 1974. By 1970, the band had taken on several new players and released its debut album, East Bay Grease. Its first single, "Sparkling in the Rain," introduced the band to local audiences over multiple radio stations of differing genres. Since then, eight Tower of Power songs have hit the Billboard Hot 100.
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Tower of Power's genesis came in 1968 when saxophonists Emilio Castillo and Stephen Kupka met and formed the band known as the Motowns. The band began playing shows around Northern California and changed its name to Tower of Power when Castillo feared it would never get a gig in San Francisco, Calif., at Bill Graham's Fillmore Auditorium with the previous name. The succession of players who followed helped launch the band to critical acclaim. It would go on to the release of 19 studio albums, seven live albums and six compilation albums.
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Who are the members of Tower of Power?
The members of Tower of Power include founding members Stephen "Doc" Kupka on baritone sax and Emilio Castillo on lead and background vocals as well as second tenor sax. Castillo also co-wrote most of the band's songs. Today's Tower of Power lineup also features Jerry Cortez on guitar, Francis Rocco Prestia and Marc van Wageningen on bass, Roger Smith on keyboard, David Garibaldi on drums, Sal Cracchiolo on lead trumpet, Tom E. Politzer on tenor saxophone, Adolfo Acosta on flugelhorn and second trumpet and Marcus Scott on lead vocals.
Tower of Power plays a combination of soul, R&B, jazz and funk with a full band featuring a horn section.
What songs could I hear at a Tower of Power show?
At a Tower of Power show, you're likely to hear the band's most successful hits, including "So Very Hard to Go," "You're Still a Young Man," "Don't Change Horses (in the Middle of a Stream)" and "What is Hip?" as well as its other hit singles, including "Back On The Streets Again," "Down to the Nightclub," "This Time It's Real," "Time Will Tell," "Only So Much Oil In The Ground," "Willing To Learn," "You're So Wonderful, So Marvelous," "Treat Me Like Your Man," "You Ought to Be Havin' Fun," "Ain't Nothing Stoppin' Us Now," "Lovin' You Is Gonna See Me Thru," "We Came to Play," "Rock Baby" and "In Due Time."