Fifty years into their career, Tower of Power has earned their first No. 1 on a Billboard chart. The horn-powered R&B/jazz group’s new album, Soul Side of Town, debuts atop both the Jazz Albums and Contemporary Jazz Albums charts (dated June 16).
“Wow No. 1! I’m flabbergasted!” Emilio Castillo, bandleader for Tower of Power, says via email. “We went from being ‘dinosaurs’ in the ‘80s to being ‘legends’ in the ‘90s and now, after 50 years, we’ve reached the status of an ‘overnight success.’ Ahhh! Showbiz!”
The new album sold 3,000 copies in the week ending June 7, according to Nielsen Music. The album also arrives at No. 13 on the Independent Albums chart and No. 10 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Album Sales tally, among other lists.
Tower of Power made its chart debut in 1971 on the Billboard 200 with East Bay Grease. Since then, the act has logged hits on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as well as seven top 10 sets on Contemporary Jazz Albums (including Soul Side of Town).
Among the act’s hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart are six top 40-charting efforts, including “So Very Hard To Go” (peaking at No. 11), “Time Will Tell” (No. 27) and “What Is Hip?” (No. 39).