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Encyclopedia > Tower of Power
Tower of Power
Origin Oakland, California
Genre(s) Rhythm and Blues, Soul, Funk
Years active 1968 - Present
Label(s) Warner Bros. Records, Columbia Records
Members
Emilio Castillo, Stephen 'Doc' Kupka, Francis 'Rocco' Prestia, David Garibaldi, Roger Smith, Michael 'Iron Mike' Bogart, Adolfo Acosta, Larry Braggs, Tom Politzer, Charles Spikes
Former members
Mic Gillette, Lenny Williams, Greg Adams, Richard Elliot, Skip Mesquite, Euge Groove, Lenny Pickett, Jeff Tamelier, Tom Bowes, Brent Carter, among numerous others...

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History / Biography

In the mid-1960s, 17-year-old tenor saxophonist Emilio Castillo moved from Detroit, Michigan, to Fremont, California. He started a band called The Gotham City Crime Fighters[1] which evolved into the Motowns, including bassist Francis 'Rocco' Prestia, and specializing in soul music covers. In 1968, Castillo teamed up with baritone saxophonist Stephen 'Doc' Kupka (aka 'The Funky Doctor') and trumpet/trombone player Mic Gillette, moved to Oakland, and began writing original material. One of their early influences was the now late great Soul Pioneer artist 'James Brown'. They changed the band's name to 'Tower of Power' and began playing frequently in the Bay Area. The tenor saxophone is a medium-sized member of the saxophone family, a group of instruments invented by Adolphe Sax. ... Emilio Castillo is an American saxophone player and composer, best known as the founder of the band Tower of Power. ... “Detroit” redirects here. ... For the unincorporated community in Yolo County, California, see Fremont, Yolo County, California. ... Francis Rocco Prestia is the bass player for Tower of Power, the famed Oakland-based horn band. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The baritone saxophone, often called bari sax (to avoid confusion with the baritone horn, which is often referred to simply as baritone), is one of the larger and lower pitched members of the saxophone family. ... Stephen Doc Kupka (a. ... Mic Gillette is an American brass player born in 1951 and raised in northern Californias East Bay area. ... USGS satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ...


In 1970, Tower of Power (by then including trumpeter Greg Adams and drummer David Garibaldi), signed a recording contract with Bill Graham's San Francisco Records and quickly released its first album, East Bay Grease. They moved to Warner Bros. Records and 1972's Bump City and 1973's self-titled release were breakout albums for the band; the latter included possibly their most enduring song, What is Hip?. On some of their releases in mid-1970s, such as Urban Renewal (1974), the band moved more towards funk, but always continued recording ballads as well. After vocalist Lenny Williams moved on, the band's days of chart radio airplay declined. During the later 1970's, they briefly tried recording somewhat disco sounding material. Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The trumpet is a musical instrument in the brass family. ... Greg Adams is an American trumpet/flugelhorn player and music arranger, probably best known for his work with the band Tower of Power. ... David Garibaldi is the drummer for Oakland-based funk/soul band Tower of Power. ... Bill Graham (January 8, 1931–October 25, 1991) was a very well-known American rock concert promoter, who was prominent from the 1960s until his death. ... Warner Bros. ... For other uses, including related musical genres, see Funk (disambiguation). ... Lenny Williams is a successful R&B vocalist who is perhaps best known as the lead singer of Tower of Power from 1972 to 1975, when the group recorded So Very Hard to Go and several other of its other biggest hits. ...


Tower of Power has remained active throughout the years, and still tours extensively and worldwide today. Inevitably, over a nearly 40 year span, some personnel changes have been part of the history and evolution of this funk institution.


At least 60 musicians have been touring and/or recording members of this band through the years, including current Saturday Night Live musical director/saxophonist Lenny Pickett, drummer David Garibaldi, bassist Francis 'Rocco' Prestia, trumpet Rick Waychesko, saxophonist Richard Elliot, and early guitarist Bruce Conte, whose cousin and BALCO founder Victor Conte also briefly played bass guitar in the band from the late 70's thru early 80's. One of their original vocalists, Rick Stevens, after leaving the band, was sentenced to life in prison on three counts of first-degree murder. The other original vocalist, Rufus Miller, performed most of the lead vocals on 'East Bay Grease'. This article is about the American television series. ... Lenny Pickett (born 1954) is an American tenor saxophonist, composer, arranger, music director, and teacher. ... David Garibaldi is the drummer for Oakland-based funk/soul band Tower of Power. ... Francis Rocco Prestia is the bass player for Tower of Power, the famed Oakland-based horn band. ... Tenor saxophonist Richard Elliot has been a longtime smooth jazz favorite. ... The Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative (BALCO) is a controversial sports nutrition center in Burlingame, California, USA. The company achieved fame due to a long investigation in accusations that the lab provided anabolic steroids and other banned performance enhancing drugs to athletes, many famous. ... Victor Conte is the founder and president of Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative (BALCO), a controversial sports nutrition center in Burlingame, California, which the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) says developed the banned steroid tetrahydrogestrinone (THG). ... Murder is both a legal and a moral term, that are not always coincident. ...


Bruce Conte recently rejoined ToP, replacing almost 10-year ToP veteran guitarist Jeff Tamelier, and even more recently departed once more, after slightly more than a year, quoting primarily personal health issues.). But for a short time during 2006-2007, ToP (with Bruce) had 5 of 10 of their 'Back-in-the-Day' members 'Back-on-the-Stage'.


Tower of Power has released 18 albums over the years (Compilations and regional variations not included), the latest being 2003's 'return to form' CD, entitled Oakland Zone.


In addition, their horn section has become well-known as a backing unit for other artists. The ToP horn section has appeared on many artists' recordings, including Little Feat, the Monkees, Santana, Elton John, Linda Lewis, RAD. (Rose Ann Dimalanta), John Lee Hooker, Rod Stewart, Jefferson Starship, Heart, Huey Lewis and the News, Spyro Gyra, Lyle Lovett, Poison, Phish, Toto, and Aerosmith. The song, "So Very Hard To Go" was featured in the soundtrack of the film City of God. In a symphony orchestra the horn section is the group of musicians who play the horn (sometimes referred to as the French horn). ... ...and then I met Lowell George. ... The Monkees were a pop-rock quartet created and based in Los Angeles in 1965 for an NBC American television series of the same name. ... Carlos Augusto Alves Santana (born July 20, 1947), is a Grammy Award-winning Mexican-born American Latin rock musician and guitarist. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE[2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a five-time Grammy and one-time Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... Linda Lewis (born Linda Ann Lewis, 27 September 1950, West Ham, London) is an English vocalist, a songwriter and guitar player, renowned for her vocals. ... Look up rad in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Rose Ann Dimalanta, RAD. is a singer-songwriter and keyboardist from Oakland. ... John Lee Hooker (August 22, 1917 – June 21, 2001) was an influential American post-war blues singer, guitarist, and songwriter born in Coahoma County near Clarksdale, Mississippi. ... Roderick David Stewart, CBE (born January 10, 1945), is a British singer and songwriter born and raised in London. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Heart is an American rock band which came out of Bellevue, a suburb of Seattle, Washington State, USA. Going through several lineup changes, the only constant members of the group are sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson. ... ... Spyro Gyra is an American jazz fusion band that was originally formed in the early 1970s. ... Lyle Lovett, from the cover of 1996s The Road to Ensenada Lyle Lovett (born in Klein, Texas on November 1, 1957) is an American singer-songwriter. ... Poison is an American glam metal band which originally achieved popular success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. ... This article is about the band. ... Toto (IPA pronunciation: ) is a Grammy Award winning American rock band founded in 1976[1] by some of the most popular and experienced session musicians of the era. ... This article is about the band Aerosmith. ... City of God (Portuguese: Cidade de Deus) is an Academy Award-nominated 2002 Brazilian film, released in its home country in 2002 and worldwide in 2003. ...


Tower of Power has also made special guest appearances on the albums of other major recording solo artists. In 1993, the band was featured on Luis Miguel's album Aries, in a cover of "Attitude Dance" titled "Que Nivel de Mujer". Most recently, Tower of Power has been featured on Josh Groban's Awake album, during an instrumental break in "Machine". Being awake is a metabolic state which is marked by catabolic processes and which is characterized by consciousness, the opposite of sleep, an anabolic process. ...


Discography

Studio albums

  • 1970: East Bay Grease
  • 1972: Bump City
  • 1973: Tower of Power
  • 1974: Back to Oakland
  • 1974: Urban Renewal
  • 1975: In The Slot
  • 1976: Ain't Nothin' Stoppin' Us Now
  • 1978: We Came To Play!
  • 1979: Back on the Streets
  • 1987: TOP (Only released in Europe)
  • 1988: Power
  • 1991: Monster on a Leash
  • 1993: T.O.P.
  • 1995: Souled Out
  • 1997: Rhythm & Business
  • 2003: The Oakland Zone

East Bay Grease is the debut album by the soul funk group Tower of Power. ... Bump City is the second album by the funk group Tower of Power. ... What Is Hip? – 5:08 Get Yo Feet Back On The Ground – 4:52 So Very Hard To Go – 3:41 Soul Vaccination – 5:13 Clean Slate – 3:22 Clever Girl – 2:56 This Time Its Real – 2:54 Will I Ever Find A Love? – 3:51 Both Sorry... 1999 photograph looking northeast on Chicagos now demolished Cabrini-Green housing project, one of many urban renewal efforts. ... Aint Nothin Stoppin Us Now – 3:58 By Your Side – 4:30 Make Someone Happy – 2:47 Doin Alright – 4:48 Because I think the World Of You – 3:00 You Ought To Be Havin Fun – 3:06 Cant Stand To See The Slaughter – 2:47 Its... T.O.P. is the oldest member of the YG Entertainment-produced group Big Bang. ...

Live albums

  • 1976: Live and in Living Color
  • 1988: Direct
  • 1997: Direct Plus
  • 1999: Soul Vaccination: Live

Compilations

  • 1974: Funkland
  • 1999: Dinosaur Tracks
  • 2003: Havin' Fun
  • 2003: What is Hip & Other Hits
  • 2006: What is Hip

External links


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E.J.N. - TOWER OF POWER (435 words)
In reality, Tower of Power's horn driven, in-your-face sound is all their own, and verbal descriptions fail.
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A band that has remained true to itself, Tower of Power never fails to please the audience.
Tower of Power - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (479 words)
Tower of Power is a horn-based soul band from Oakland, California.
Tower of Power has remained active throughout the 1970s, '80s, '90s, and into the 21st century, and is still touring in 2006.
The TOP horn section has appeared on many recordings, including some made by the Monkees, Santana, Elton John, John Lee Hooker, Rod Stewart, Jefferson Starship, Heart, Huey Lewis and the News, Lyle Lovett, Poison, Phish, and Aerosmith.
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