R.I.P. Rocco Prestia, co-founder, bassist of Tower of Power | SoulTracks -  Soul Music Biographies, News and Reviews

I’m extremely sad to report the death of longtime Tower Of Power bassist, Rocco Prestia. He was 69. Prestia had been in hospice care, and fans had been bracing for this moment. Tower Of Power was one of the hottest bands of the 1970s, charting with such hits as “What Is Hip”, “You’re Still A Young Man” and “So Very Hard To Go” among others. Prestia was a guitarist when Tower Of Power leader Emilio Castillo recruited him and convinced him to switch to bass. He was a mainstay of the group for three decades before an illness forced him to retire more than a decade ago. Rocc Prestia’s electric bass was a key part of Tower Of Power’s biggest hits and his legacy will live on. May he rest in peace.