Who died from Tower of Power?

— Rick Stevens, the former lead singer of Oakland’s Tower of Power rhythm and blues band who spent 36 years in prison, has died. He was 77. KTVU-TV reported that Stevens died Tuesday after a short battle with cancer.

Is Herbie Hancock still alive?

Herbert Jeffrey Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is an American jazz pianist, keyboardist, bandleader, composer, and occasional actor….

Herbie Hancock
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, bandleader, record producer, actor
Instruments Keyboards, piano
Years active 1961–present

Was Smokey Robinson a member of the Funk Brothers?

For 20 years, they transformed that small basement in Detroit into a Motown hit factory by a world-class studio band, often paid only $10 per song; and where such greats as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells, and Smokey Robinson got their start as teenagers and were mentored by the Funk Brothers themselves.

What happened to the Funk Bros?

The Funk Brothers were dismissed in 1972, when Berry Gordy moved the entire Motown label to Los Angeles; a development some of the musicians discovered only from a notice on the studio door. A few members, including Jamerson, followed to the West Coast, but found the environment uncomfortable.

Who was the bass player for Tower of Power?

Francis Rocco PrestiaTower of Power / Bassist

Who is the new lead singer for Tower of Power?


Name Years active Instruments
Jerry Cortez 2010–present guitar backing vocals
Marc van Wageningen 2018–present (touring only 2018–2020; plus touring appearances beforehand) bass
Mike Bogart 2000–2009, 2021–present trumpet flugelhorn trombone
Mike Jerel 2022–present lead vocals

How old is Ramsey Lewis?

87 years (May 27, 1935)Ramsey Lewis / Age

How old is Miles Davis?

65 years (1926–1991)Miles Davis / Age at death

Was Stevie Wonder part of the Funk Brothers?

The group performed with Diana Ross, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and The Pips, The Jackson Five, and many more.