The Tower of Power horn section played on this. In addition to their '70s R&B hits like "You're Still A Young Man
" and "What Is Hip?
," Tower of Power's horn section has played on albums by Santana, Heart, America, Elton John and many others. Founding member Emilio Castillo told us how they got together with Huey Lewis & the News:
We toured with Huey Lewis for 4 years. He asked me to go on tour when he hit it big with that Sports
album. He called me up, said, 'This record is going to the moon, we've got the money, we're wondering if we can hire your horn section to go on the road with us.' I said I'd love to do it, but my main thing in life is Tower of Power, the band, not the horn section. We were at a low point in our career, we were not doing well. We didn't have a record deal, we were definitely at a low ebb in the cycle. I told him, 'If you promise me that you'll promote my band at every turn, every interview, every way possible, I will do the tour. And also, I want you to allow us to bring the band out to certain key cities to do midnight shows at the local night club and I want you to promise me that you guys will come and sit in, because then it will be a scene.' He was true to his word. He mentioned us in every interview, called us by name several times during the show. He did a couple of Tower of Power songs in the show every night and then after the show was done he would always say, 'We're all going down to, let's say... Toad's Place in New Haven, Tower of Power's playing a midnight show we're going to go jam with them.' We'd go play and it would be packed because everybody wanted to see Huey Lewis and they'd come up and jam with us. We did that in several cities. That really sort of regenerated our career." (Check out our interview with Emilio Castillo
. You can learn much more at his website, towerofpower.com