Tower Of Power Played On Dozens Of Records By Other Artists

We're huge fans of Tower of Power here at Gooseneck HQ. They've been a big influence on our music, especially the horn arrangements.

Tower Of Power has put out some truly great records under their name. But did you know how many records by other artists the TOP horn section played on? Literally hundreds -- adding their brassy sass to tracks by Little Feat in the '70s, Huey Lewis in the '80s, Elton John in the '90s and Aerosmith in the 2000s.


Our favorite TOP appearance has to be on Little Feat's Waiting For Columbus record from 1978. From start to finish it's a brilliant record, captured live, and it showcases both the Feat and TOP in all their horny glory.

Take one listen to "Spanish Moon" and you will be guaranteed goose bumps. The sound of those horns over that swampy groove will transport you to the place "where hookers and hustlers filled up the room."


And if you're a Huey Lewis and the News fan, then you already know TOP was a key ingredient in their sound and success. They had that string of hits in the '80s that featured horns on tracks like "Heart of Rock 'N' Roll" and "I Want a New Drug."

If you want to see all the records they played on, check out this link to the TOP Horns discography.

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Now it's your turn. What's your favorite TOP appearance on another artist's record? Leave a comment and let us know!

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21 comments

  • Gerry Wagner
    Gerry Wagner New York
    I always like TOP and Huey Lewis. I had no idea the TOP horn section contributed! Very cool.

    I always like TOP and Huey Lewis. I had no idea the TOP horn section contributed! Very cool.

  • Theresa
    Theresa Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    Dennis McMurrin aka Daddy O is a phenomenal guitarist, musician in Cedar Rapids. TOP played on his album in the 80's. Still stands up with the best of them!

    Dennis McMurrin aka Daddy O is a phenomenal guitarist, musician in Cedar Rapids. TOP played on his album in the 80's. Still stands up with the best of them!

  • Bob Murphy
    Bob Murphy Delaware
    TOP horns on Santana's Everybody's Everything one of my favorites!

    TOP horns on Santana's Everybody's Everything one of my favorites!

  • Cameron Larsen
    Cameron Larsen MI
    I love their work on Roy Buchanan's '74 release "In the Beginning" and Little Feat in '77's "Time Loves a Hero". Plus so many, many others I can't list them all.

    I love their work on Roy Buchanan's '74 release "In the Beginning" and Little Feat in '77's "Time Loves a Hero". Plus so many, many others I can't list them all.

  • Jerry
    Jerry Los Angeles
    TOP horns on Luis Miguel's black and gold album is pretty sweet stuff indeed.

    TOP horns on Luis Miguel's black and gold album is pretty sweet stuff indeed.

  • Leonard Neidhold
    Leonard Neidhold Reno, NV
    Rufus featuring Chaka Khan w/ TOP Horns.

    Rufus featuring Chaka Khan w/ TOP Horns.

  • Brad Dykes
    Brad Dykes Yankton, South Dakota
    TOP performance at their 40th Anniversary celebration in San Francisco. " Time Will Tell"

    TOP performance at their 40th Anniversary celebration in San Francisco. " Time Will Tell"

  • Bob
    Bob San Carlos, CA
    There are simply not enough words to describe just how good these guys are. You have to exoerience their sound.

    There are simply not enough words to describe just how good these guys are. You have to exoerience their sound.

  • John Rogers
    John Rogers Manasquan NJ
    I always loved "The Bitch is Back" - Elton John. Great solo by Lenny Pickett too.

    I always loved "The Bitch is Back" - Elton John. Great solo by Lenny Pickett too.

  • Tom Green
    Tom Green Louisville, kentucky
    I saw them many times in the 70's in the San Francisco Bay Area

    I saw them many times in the 70's in the San Francisco Bay Area

  • Mike
    Mike Wichita
    Saw George Througood, Heart and the Stones in Boulder in 81. Tower of Power horns backed up Heart which was the best part of the show next to the Stones.

    Saw George Througood, Heart and the Stones in Boulder in 81. Tower of Power horns backed up Heart which was the best part of the show next to the Stones.

  • doc lockwood
    doc lockwood
    You gotta catch TOP in person...you'll never be the same. Awesome players, and terrific people. Boogalate!

    You gotta catch TOP in person...you'll never be the same. Awesome players, and terrific people. Boogalate!

  • Bob Wood
    Bob Wood Dripping Springs, Texas
    No wonder I liked Huey so much! Have TOP them several times, never the same singer - can anyone post a list of TOP singers by years?

    No wonder I liked Huey so much! Have TOP them several times, never the same singer - can anyone post a list of TOP singers by years?

  • Mike
    Mike Eugene
    Ned Doheny, Hard Candy

    Ned Doheny, Hard Candy

  • Carroll
    Carroll Bakersfield
    TOP Horns played with Malo. A gig I did in Salinas California. They said it was the best horn mixes they ever heard at the after party.

    TOP Horns played with Malo. A gig I did in Salinas California. They said it was the best horn mixes they ever heard at the after party.

  • Sam
    Sam Passarella
    Was introduced to TOP in the '70's and loved them. How could you not. Had the honor to go backstage and sit w/ all of the for over an hour in San Diego. Great people. After their performance the sign autographs for their fans for over an hour.

    Was introduced to TOP in the '70's and loved them. How could you not.
    Had the honor to go backstage and sit w/ all of the for over an hour in San Diego. Great people.
    After their performance the sign autographs for their fans for over an hour.

  • Tony Plescia
    Tony Plescia Sacramento, Ca
    When "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" first came out, I instantly recognized that was Clapton playing the distinctive, sinuous lead guitar. Nobody believed me, but I was absolutely sure of it. Of course, we all soon became aware that it was, in fact, Eric playing on a Beatles record.

    When "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" first came out, I instantly recognized that was Clapton playing the distinctive, sinuous lead guitar. Nobody believed me, but I was absolutely sure of it. Of course, we all soon became aware that it was, in fact, Eric playing on a Beatles record.

  • Kevin O'Connor
    Kevin O'Connor Greenwich Ct.
    Anything by TOP. Favorite might be..." Little bit of knowledge " could listen to it all day....

    Anything by TOP. Favorite might be..." Little bit of knowledge " could listen to it all day....

  • Scope
    Scope Florida
    WFC is an incredibly crisp live recording. TOPs performance is stellar. The engineering and detail is incredible. Spanish Moon is my favorite version. Oh Atlanta, Fatman, dixie chicken with the dixieland sprinkled in is classic... and feets dont fail me now.. all awesome..

    WFC is an incredibly crisp live recording. TOPs performance is stellar. The engineering and detail is incredible. Spanish Moon is my favorite version. Oh Atlanta, Fatman, dixie chicken with the dixieland sprinkled in is classic... and feets dont fail me now.. all awesome..

  • Arlie
    Arlie Montana
    Does anyone know if The TOP brass section ever colluded with the Eurythmics?

    Does anyone know if The TOP brass section ever colluded with the Eurythmics?

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