The group was first introduced to the San Francisco Bay area by radio station KSAN, which played a variety of artists such as Cold Blood, Eric Mercury and Marvin Gaye’s album “What’s Goin On” in its entirety before the bay area’s soul and R&B stations became aware.
Conte’s cousin, BALCO founder Victor Conte, also played bass guitar in the band from the late 1970s to the early 1980s.During the late 1970s they briefly tried recording disco-sounding material. Leader Emilio Castillo said in an interview that the band’s brief foray into quasi-disco music was at the request of Columbia Records, who had the band under contract at the time.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 several lead vocalists, the most famous being Lenny Williams, who fronted the band between early 1973 and late 1974, the period of their greatest commercial success.
Castillo had played in several bands, but Castillo’s father told his son to “hire that guy” after a home audition.