Let's wish that good people will stop dying already and talented artists who have affected our lives with their work will keep hanging around for a bit longer, cause these days we are losing them left and right and we're all sick of reading the obituaries.
The latest one to go is Mic Gillette, trumpeter and founding member of Oakland funk/soul heavyweights, Tower Of Power. He was also a member of the outstanding Cold Blood, a band from the same place and time, often compared with Tower Of Power for all the right reasons and had also played with Blood, Sweat And Tears and recorded with The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, Elton John and others. Mic suffered a heart attack and he was 64 years old.
Tower Of Power need no introduction to friends of soul music, but if you're not familiar with the band, you should go and check out their 70s material, especially their early records and definitely their third, self titled classic album. From that year and off that album, here they are in all their glory, performing So Hard To Go on Soul Train in 1973.