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Toto

Toto was formed in Los Angeles in 1978 by David Paich (b. June 21, 1954, Los Angeles; keyboards, vocals), Steve Lukather (b. October 21, 1957, Los Angeles; guitar, vocals), Bobby Kimball (b. Robert Troy Kimball, March 29, 1947, Vinton, LA; vocals), Steve Porcaro (b. September 2, 1957, Connecticut; keyboards), David Hungate (b. Texas; bass), and Jeff Porcaro (b. April 1, 1954, Hartford, CT; d. August 5, 1992, Hidden Hills, CA; drums). Paich was the son of arranger Marty Paich; the Porcaros were the sons of percussionist Joe Porcaro. The bandmembers had met in high school and at studio sessions in the 1970s, when they became some of the busiest session musicians in the music business. Paich, Hungate, and Jeff Porcaro wrote songs for and performed on Silk Degrees, the multi-million-selling 1976 album that combined pop, rock, and disco elements into a slick combination which heavily influenced mainstream pop music.

Toto released its self-titled debut album in October 1978, and it hit the Top Ten, sold two-million copies, and spawned the gold Top Ten single "Hold the Line." The gold-selling Hydra (October 1979) and Turn Back (January 1981) were less successful, but Toto IV (April 1982) was a multi-platinum Top Ten hit, featuring the number-one hit "Africa" and the Top Tens "Rosanna" (about Lukather's girlfriend, movie star Rosanna Arquette) and "I Won't Hold You Back." At the 1982 Grammys, "Rosanna" won awards for Record of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Performance, and Best Instrumental Arrangement With Vocal; and Toto IV won awards for Album of the Year, Best Engineered Recording, and Best Producer (the group). In 1984, a third Porcaro brother, Mike (b. May 29, 1955), joined the group on bass, replacing Hungate. Then lead singer Kimball quit and was replaced by Dennis "Fergie" Frederiksen (b. May 15, 1951, Wyoming, MI).

Toto's fifth album, Isolation (November 1984), went gold, but was a commercial disappointment. Frederiksen was replaced by Joseph Williams (b. Santa Monica), the son of the conductor/composer John Williams, for Fahrenheit (August 1986). Steve Porcaro quit in 1988, prior to the release of The Seventh One. In 1990, Jean-Michel Byron replaced Williams for the new recordings on Past to Present 1977-1990, then left, as Lukather became the group's lead singer. Jeff Porcaro died of a heart attack in 1992, but was featured on the group's next album, Kingdom of Desire. By this time, Toto was far more popular in Japan and Europe than at home. The group added British drummer Simon Phillips. Tambu, released in Europe in the late fall of 1995, appeared in the U.S. in June 1996. For 1999's Mindfields, Bobby Kimball returned to the lineup after a 15-year absence. The group members continued to do session work during the band's tenure, contributing significantly to the sound of mainstream pop/rock in the 1970s, '80s, and '90s. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi
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One of my favorites
Beautiful song!!!!!
pooh_bear333
I bless the rains down in Africa
This song is timeless!
<3
Recordando Los 80 )
Christ wants you. Go here http://gotqu e s t i o n s . o r g /
THE MIDDLE
its not playing Kansas any more toto
love this song from gta vice city game.
This song needs to be in a video game training montage.
old but good.
finding the time endless oceans ride cascading threw mind of intiment finds following her form with out a scorn for even the stones envy to be alone as she lay bare on soft sands not a care crossing lazy green eyes stare and the round curve of moca skin glides your gaze as imagination plays with out want for feminine maze wishing light to hold true just a little while she turns in direction towards your smile giving you a glimce of what a angels body must suggest and giving to nature intence
pooh_bear333
Jimmy and Jt summer camp!
paularogersb e a u t y
Love these guys!!!!
The Middle*
Miata Commercial and The Middlr
wjbay1125
He did provide backup vocals on I'll Be Over You though.
wjbay1125
@leenie3262, Michael McDonald does not sing in this song.
thirteenone
Outstanding harmony and guitar mixes..
Lovee this song and the guitarr is so awesome
though love may be blind in time a chance is found to shine the line will be mined but hold for sake of a hearts kind she will come when the wills last break kills all hope and life for sakes mans gaping sorrow to drown in his depressive lake hold till her calls come as morning dew for even when late, love will be true and though loves not always on time she will come for you
love your taste in music
leenie3262
always liked them...is that Michael Mcdonalds voice i hear on this song ????
Toto brings a lot of memories at the ranch when I was kid
acalvo69
Gosh...... I really LOVE the song Africa by Toto!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! A++++++
This is a beatiful song.it bring me alote of memories.rui d o single OS to allá my ex girlfriend.a h h h h h .
Toto will always be one of the best band that there will be always all the time since the seventies good memories of all songs they made
David panich's voice I seriously love. A band I grew up with, I was in Italy 2 years ago and missed their concert in Luca - a big disappointme n t . Lyn
breathing in the essence of moca skin ceressing her softness with infinet gaze watching silloetted beauty dance away the inabitions that hide in days clothing my minds teased in her dream of fancy and free while gentle breeze cascade over her form as she please and every detail of her is revealed in moon lite wonderment that only imagination could fully see
soonerincali 0
And they performed on the soundtrack of the movie Dune.
jennymancina
I love the very first part of this song!
Love it!
johnmargie6
Georgie Porgie pudden pie made em cry......
I love you toto?
What happened to his voice???
THIRTY YEARS!! Ok he can't hit that note anymore;he changed it up still a professional .
What happened to his voice? They couldn't get the original lead singer and had the bassist doing the lead? I like the original recording way more.
Probably the greatest band ever.
The 80's music indeed!!
Snort a line
❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Love this song
OluAwaa
Love isn't always on time...
pooh_bear333
I love this song and I loved when Jimmy and Jt sang it in summer camp LOL
Love it. Reminds of of my high school years
Cool a** piece!
Brings back memories of school danced. Sweet!
milosdad
Did not like Toto when they came out. I was leaning towards punk and harder rock and they represented everything I despised at the time. Shallowness, easy hooks, etc. As I've grown older I've come to appreciate their music. Yes it's hooky and poppy but so what? These songs have withstood the test of time and are pretty appealing to me today.
Jeff Porcaro - one of the greatest drummers of all time. Check out his song credits.
clayshipe
Straight No Chaser does an awesome job with this song
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