Rick Stevens, the former lead singer of Tower of Power, died yesterday after a battle with cancer. He was 77. Stevens replaced Rufus Miller in the R&B band in 1969 and three years later, their album “Bump City” put Tower of Power in the national spotlight with hit singles like “You’re Still a Young Man.” In 1976, Stevens, who had left the band shortly after their big hit, was now addicted to drugs and shot three men to death during a deal gone wrong. He was sentenced to life in prison, where he kicked his addiction before being released on parole in 2012 after 36 years behind bars. Several years after his release, Stevens formed a new band, “Rick Stevens & Love Power” and toured in northern California.
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