After a short battle with cancer, the former Tower of Power frontman, Rick Stevens, has passed away at age 77. Reports are coming in that his passing took place on Tuesday (September 5) at 3 am. The report comes from Steven’s son and Manager Clarence Maloney.
Stevens was convicted of murder for killing three people in 1976 during a drug deal gone wrong in Boulder. He was sentenced to life in prison. On July 20, 2012, Stevens was paroled. Following his 36 years behind bars, Stevens became the man he always was. His light shown brightly.
“Rick Stevens went to heaven today to be with the Lord whom he loved with all his heart. Rick was an extremely soulful singer and entertainer who had an engaging personality and a strong faith which he shared with all he came in contact with. He sang on our first two recordings and his rendition of “Sparkling In The Sand” and “You’re Still A Young Man” were timeless classics that set our career in motion.
After leaving the band he did some things that caused him to be imprisoned for around 37 years but the Lord had other plans for Rick. I remember talking with him when he was released and I was skeptical about his “prison salvation” experience. I told him that I really hoped he would take advantage of the tremendous opportunity that God had given him to help people to avoid the pitfalls he had fallen into. He went above and beyond the call of duty and carried his message of faith and redemption to many.
The first time he sat in with us, after his release from prison, was a “once in a lifetime” emotional experience for all of us. We loved him and we’ll miss him. I have faith that I’ll see him in heaven someday and together we’ll worship and glorify God together for eternity. Rick is there right now enjoying it!!!”
"Rick Stevens went to heaven today to be with the Lord whom he loved with all his heart. Rick was an extremely soulful…