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Tower of Power

Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra

Active since: 1968    

Tower of Power

Tower's 40 plus year odyssey actually began in 1968 when Emilio Castillo met Stephen “Doc” Kupka in July of that year. When Doc auditioned during a band rehearsal at Emilio's house, Emilio's father called him into the kitchen and offered the following advice: “Hire that guy, he's got something.” Doc and his signature baritone sax sound were now in the band, and on August 13, 1968, Tower of Power, as we know them today, began playing gigs, and soon became very well known in the area.

Many other bands came out of the San Francisco Bay area in the late 60's. Bands like The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Big Brother, Journey, Cold Blood and others all helped to define the “San Francisco Sound.” Tower of Power has always claimed Oakland, California as their hometown. Playing area venues and making a name for themselves, Tower of Power's big break was just around the corner....
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  • Great American Soulbook

    Self Produced
    2009
  • Oakland Zone

    Warner Bros. Records
    2003
  • What Is Hip? The Tower Of Power Anthology

    Warner Bros. Records
    1999
  • Live

    Warner Bros. Records
    1999
  • Soul Vaccination: Tower Of Power Live

    Warner Bros. Records
    1999
  • Souled Out

    Warner Bros. Records
    1995
  • You

    Warner Bros. Records
    1993
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Great American Soulbook
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