The legendary former lead singer of the Tower of Power, Rick Stevens, died at 77 after a short battle with cancer.
Stevens replaced Rufus Miller in the R&B band in 1969. Just three years later, the band became a national success with their album “Bump City” and songs like “You’re Still a Young Man” and “Sparkling in the Sand.”
Then, while addicted to drugs, he quit the band in 1967 and shot three men in a drug deal that went bad. He spent the next 36 years in prison, when he was paroled in 2012.
Several years after his release, Stevens formed a new band, “Rick Stevens & Love Power” and toured in northern California.
A tragic figure with incredible talent, he threw away what would have been an extraordinary career.
On Facebook, his band shared the tragic news:
As Tower of Power founder Emilio Castillo wrote, “Rick Stevens went to heaven today to be with the Lord whom he loved with all his heart. Rick was an extremely soulful singer and entertainer who had an engaging personality and a strong faith which he shared with all he came in contact with.”
He added, “We loved him and we’ll miss him. I have faith that I’ll see him in heaven someday and together we’ll worship and glorify God together for eternity. Rick is there right now enjoying it!!!”
His ex-wife Georgina Stevenson added, “My beloved Rick passed away this morning after a brief struggle with liver cancer, surrounded by his loving family. For 41 years Rick was the biggest and best part of my life; I will miss him very much, and love him forever.”
Rick Stevens, the former lead singer of Tower of Power rhythm and blues band who spent 36 years in prison, has died. He was 77. pic.twitter.com/PsNBYEXj5q
— Eric Alper (@ThatEricAlper) September 6, 2017
Rick Stevens, who sang with Tower of Power, dies at 77. https://t.co/yrG2DuPqFK
— Aidin Vaziri (@MusicSF) September 6, 2017
Let us pray for Stevens’s family during this difficult time. Rest in peace.