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Tower Of Power

Band, *1968 US
R&B/Soul

Tower of Power (or TOP for short) is an American R&B-based horn section and band, originating in Oakland, California, that has been performing since 1968. They are best known for their funky soul sound highlighted by a powerful horn section and precisely syncopated bass-guitar lines. There have been a number of lead vocalists, the most well-known being Lenny Williams, who fronted the band between early 1973 and late 1974, the period of their greatest commercial success. Their highest-charting songs include "You're Still a Young Man", "So Very Hard to Go", "Soul With a Capital S", "Soul Vaccination", "What Is Hip?", and "Don't Change Horses (in the Middle of a Stream)".

        
Members
PortraitRichard Elliot
ts *1960 GB
PortraitLenny Williams
voc *1945 US
PortraitHubert Tubbs
voc
PortraitMichael Jeffries
voc *1954
PortraitBrandon Fields
sax, as *1958 US
PortraitEmilio Castillo
ts, voc *1950
PortraitRon E. Beck
bvoc, dr
PortraitStephen Kupka
bs *1946 US
PortraitLee Thornburg
tr, tb US
PortraitGreg Adams
tr, fh CA
PortraitEllis Hall
voc, key
PortraitLenny Pickett
fl *1954 US
PortraitTower Of Power Horn Section
PortraitBob Coassin
tr US
PortraitMic Gillette
tb, tr 1951-2016 US
David Bartlett
dr, bvoc, voc US
PortraitFrancis Rocco Prestia
b
Bruce Conte
g, voc
PortraitChester Thompson
key
PortraitDavid Garibaldi
dr
PortraitCarmen Grillo
g, bvoc US
Skip Mesquite
fl, ts, voc
PortraitSal Cracchiolo
tr, fh
PortraitRick Stevens
voc 1940-2017 US
PortraitVictor Conte
b *1950
PortraitRoger Smith
key, org
PortraitVito Sanfilippo
b, voc US
PortraitMichael Bogart
tr, fh
PortraitAdolfo Acosta
tr, fh
PortraitDon Wise
sax, ts *1942 US
Rufus Miller
voc, g
Lawrence Lopez
Jeff Tamelier
bvoc, g, voc US
PortraitDavid K. Mathews
key *1959 US
Edward McGee
voc US
PortraitJerry Cortez
g
PortraitTom Politzer
ts, as
Larry Braggs
voc
PortraitMarcus Scott
bvoc, voc
Popular Tracks   
What Is Hip? on Tower Of Power by Tower Of Power
So Very Hard to Go on Tower Of Power by Tower Of Power
You're Still a Young Man on Bump City by Tower Of Power
Soul With A Capital 'S' on T.O.P. by Tower Of Power
Squib Cakes on Back To Oakland by Tower Of Power
Don't Change Horses (In the Middle of a Stream) on Back To Oakland by Tower Of Power
Look in My Eyes on Step Up by Tower Of Power
Me & Mrs. Jones on Great American Soulbook by Tower Of Power
Soul Vaccination on Tower Of Power by Tower Of Power
Let's Celebrate Our Love on Step Up by Tower Of Power

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Band Membership
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
You Ought To Be Havin' Fun (The Columbia/Epic Anthology)Tower Of Power2018Compil.
Soul Side Of TownTower Of Power2018Album
Bump City / Tower Of PowerTower Of Power2016Compil.
Live At Calderone Concert Hall, Hempstead, NYTower Of Power2015Album
East Bay Grease / Bump CityTower Of Power2015Compil.
Original Album SeriesTower Of Power2013Album
Hipper Than Hip: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow (Live On The Air & In The Studio 1974)Tower Of Power2013Album
Original Album ClassicsTower Of Power2011Album
40th Anniversary The Fillmore Auditorium, San FranciscoTower Of Power2011Album
Great American SoulbookTower Of Power2009Album
Ain't Nothin' Stoppin' Us Now / We Came To Play / Back On The StreetsTower Of Power2008Compil.
The East Bay Archive Volume 1Tower Of Power2008Album
RockpalastTower Of Power2006Album
In ConcertTower Of Power2005Album
In ConcertTower Of Power2003Album
Oakland ZoneTower Of Power2003Album
Havin’ FunTower Of Power2003Compil.
Soul With A Capital "S" - The Best Of Tower Of PowerTower Of Power2002Compil.
The Very Best Of Tower Of Power - The Warner YearsTower Of Power2001Compil.
Soul Vaccination: Tower Of Power LiveTower Of Power1999Album
Dinosaur TracksTower Of Power1999Album
What Is Hip? The Tower Of Power AnthologyTower Of Power1999Compil.
Recapture The MagicTower Of Power1998Single
Ain't Nothin' Stoppin' Us Now / Back On The StreetsTower Of Power1998Compil.
Live At Iowa State University 1987Tower Of Power1997Album
Rhythm & BusinessTower Of Power1997Album
Souled OutTower Of Power1995Single
Souled OutTower Of Power1995Album
YouTower Of Power1993Single
Soul With A Capital "S"Tower Of Power1993Single
Please Come Back (To Stay)Tower Of Power1993Single
T.O.P.Tower Of Power1993Album
Monster On A LeashTower Of Power1991Album
Special 4 Track Sampler For Jazz & Progressive Adult RadioTower Of Power1991Album
CreditTower Of Power1989Single
PowerTower Of Power1987Album
Some Days Were Meant For RainTower Of Power1987Single
What Is Hip?Tower Of Power1986Compil.
T.O.P.Tower Of Power1986Album
It's As Simple As ThatTower Of Power1981Album
DirectTower Of Power1981Album
In Due Time / And You Know ItTower Of Power1979Single
Back On The StreetsTower Of Power1979Album
Rock Baby / Heaven Must Have Made YouTower Of Power1979Single
Lovin' You Is Gonna See Me ThruTower Of Power1978Single
We Came To PlayTower Of Power1978Single
We Came To PlayTower Of Power1978Album
You Ought To Be Havin' FunTower Of Power1976Single
Ain't Nothin' Stoppin' Us NowTower Of Power1976Album
Ain't Nothin' Stoppin' Us Now / Because I Think The World Of YouTower Of Power1976Single
Live And In Living ColorTower Of Power1976Album
En La Ranura = In The SlotTower Of Power1976Album
Ain't Nothin' Stoppin' Us Now / Because I Think The World Of YouTower Of Power1976Single
愛のめざめ = I'm Not A Little Girl Any MoreEiko Shuri Featuring Tower Of Power1976Single
Treat Me Like Your Man / The Soul Of A ChildTower Of Power1975Single
You're So Wonderful, So Marvelous / Stroke '75Tower Of Power1975Single
In The SlotTower Of Power1975Album
Drop It In The SlotTower Of Power1975Single
Urban RenewalTower Of Power1975Album
Willing To Learn / Walkin' Up Hip StreetTower Of Power1975Single
Don't Change Horses (In The Middle Of A Stream)Tower Of Power1974Single
Back To OaklandTower Of Power1974Album
Back To OaklandTower Of Power1974Album
It's Not The Crime / Only So Much Oil In The GroundTower Of Power1974Single
Time Will Tell / Oakland StrokeTower Of Power1974Single
What's It All About?Foghat / Tower Of Power1974Single
FunklandTower Of Power1974Compil.
Give Me The Proof / Only So Much Oil In The GroundTower Of Power1974Single
Don't Change Horses (In The Middle Of A Stream) / I Got The ChopTower Of Power1974Single
This Time It's Real / Soul VaccinationTower Of Power1973Single
What Is Hip? / Clever GirlTower Of Power1973Single
Tower Of PowerTower Of Power1973Album
So Very Hard To GoTower Of Power1973Single
Down To The Night Club / What Happened To The World That DayTower Of Power1972Single
You're Still A Young Man / Skating On Thin IceTower Of Power1972Single
Bump CityTower Of Power1972Album
Back On The Streets Again / Sparkling In The SandTower Of Power1970Single
East Bay GreaseTower Of Power1970Album
Excerpts From San Francisco LP SD204 East Bay GreaseTower Of Power1970Single
You're Still A Young Man / So Very Hard To GoTower Of PowerSingle
Live Leverkusen Nov. 6. 05 - スーパーファンク・ライヴ 2005Tower Of PowerAlbum
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