Looks like someone has beaten you to the microphone as new lead singer for Tower of Power.
Last week we mentioned that TOP was looking for a front man to replace the departing Larry Braggs, and Sting’s name came up during our interview with group founder Emilio Castillo.
You snooze, you lose.
This chiseled hunk of smoldering soul never met the band before, if we heard Emilio correctly from the stage. But Ray–who is Still a Young Man–inhabited TOP tunes as if he had been there at the start in 1968.
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A voice instructor at Northeastern University, Ray Greene lists Aretha Franklin and Natalie Cole among artists with whom he has performed or recorded. He has produced several CDs of original music, and his voice has appeared in commercials (Converse sneakers, with Magic Johnson; ESPN and Walt Disney Productions, among others), soap operas (The Young and the Restless, One Life to Live) and the Grammy-nominated HBO documentary Legacy.
He also has crooned the National Anthem for the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots and Boston College football.
Speaking of Star Spangled performances, Stanley Behrens gave a smoking harmonica rendition of the anthem with War, another iconic funk act from the late ’60s that opened the Morristown show.
Lonnie Jordan, who is closing in on birthday No. 65, was the only original member from that ensemble at the Mayo.
Judging by Lonnie’s animated delivery of Spill the Wine, The Cisco Kid, Summer and Why Can’t We Be Friends, we don’t foresee any front man openings in War for at least several decades.
Cheer up, Sting. We hear The Police are looking for a bass player.