The Band that Has Soul with a Capital S
I am SO excited to have tickets to see my favorite band of all time tonight! Only 17 more hours! It will be the second time I have been to one of their concerts. The last time was on August 10th, 1995--my 40th birthday.
If you do not realize the band I am talking about from the title, it is none other than Tower of Power (TOP).
TOP is an R&B band that originated in Oakland, California that I have been listening to since the late 1960s, though the 1970s were when I became a solid fan, when Lenny Williams was the lead singer from 1973-1974.
With their tight horn section and vocals, and their original, unmistakable funky "urban soul" sound, three of the originals are still with the band:
- Founder and leader, Emilio Castillo, was teenager when the band came on the scene. As a composer, sax player, and singer, he has kept this band together for more four and a half decades.
- Co-founder, Stephen "Doc" Kupka, is also an amazing songwriter and an even more incredible baritone saxophone player. "The Funky Doctor" still has his chops today at the age of 69.
- The drummer, David Garibaldi, ranks right up there with other fine drummers such as Steve Gadd, Gene Krupa, Ed Shaughnnesy, and Buddy Rich.
Another original is bassist, Rocco Prestia, who underwent a kidney transplant in December. He may be back on tour and, if he is, it will be plus.
Through the years, many of the band members have come and gone, including "Iron" Mike Bogart. He was with the band from 2000 to 2009. I knew him when he was in the Navy Music Program in Guam. He is probably the best trumpet player I have ever known. It would have been nice to see him and hear him play again.
Nearly 20 years after I saw TOP perform the first time, I am excited to see this band again. They definitely have " Soul With a Capital S" (click link to hear their sound).
And this is one fan that will be in the groove tonight.
© 2015 Coral Levang
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