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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 kept active during the 2000's releasing the 2002 covers album Through the Looking Glass and a 2003 live album to commemorate their 25th anniversary. Following 2006's Falling in Between, their first new set of originals since 1999, and an accompanying live double album, Lukather announced that he was disbanding Toto. Barely any of the original members remained with the group and he felt it was time to focus on his solo career. In early 2010, Toto reformed to play a short European tour benefitting bassist Mike Porcaro who suffers from ALS. The lineup included Lukather, Paich, Steve Porcaro, Simon Phillips, and Joseph Williams. Feeling reenergized, the group announced both a 35th anniversary tour in 2013 and plans for a new studio album. Harkening back to their early years both in title and sound, Toto XIV arrived in early 2015. ~ William Ruhlmann & Timothy Monger, Rovi
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Another fav band during my teenage years,
Waited for two months for Georgy Porgy to come up. Now the Toto station is complete.
Now this song is special
Love this song and era
Guys soon cool live
atonyspamoni p r o d
Lenny Castro on Conga
Great song. No matter how many times I hear it, it never gets old. Music in the 80s was just fun!
Wow
Omg I love this song I won't hold you back....high school...
Great band tho
No
Could I trouble you for a 10¢ College Fund Donation?

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Ryan is my brother
Toto is another good band, what happen?
Love it
Toto is just awesome, musical geniuses. Africa is my absolute favorite!! A little bummed that Bobby isn't still with them but maybe someday. ;)
Good sond Africa JEJEJE
Party Time . Toto great
LYRICS???
One of the best four bands ever...Journ e y , Toto, Kansas, and Boston!!! Ah...miss those days!
One of my top bands of all time...Kansa s , Boston, Toto...ah those days
This group rocks
gbmike5775
love this song
gbmike5775
yes, where are the lyrics
What happened to the lyrics on Pandora?
Wow... They still hold up...Steve L is still the man
jr9awso6
I love all oldies but goodies songs.thank you Pandora for all music God bless you all
jr908
Mmsmsmamksss k k s , s i s , i s , s k k s k s k
dwn2884
When the rains do come in Africa, it does not look pretty, but this song has immortalized them. Also love the synthesizer. #Toto
Awesome music on Pandora radio station.
what happened to the lyrics on Pandora?
I'm sorry, but everytime I hear the song Africa I think of Family Guy...the episode where Joe cheats on Bonnie, and they get back together.
Why are they considered new wave?
venzorjustin
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she comes only once in life feminine grace so smooth of body and face as you work out unsteady nerve your eyes glide across breast so perfect in curve and hips gently sway to lightly cress her bidden play of faint silk revealing what imagination wants to say and where your desires wish to go as they may her uncaring view watches you crossing the room and smiles so coy knowing your wants are so easily toyed while African drums begin to play she casually waits for you to say please don't walk away
This song takes me back when I was a kid have good memories. 80s was the best.very good music.
Hope it works lol
pepsidog01ki p
Just a great song great band
Jimmy and Jt summer camp!
wolf20012
1 kiss your left hand
2 say your crush's name
3 close your hand
4 pick a school day
5 say your name
5 post this on 15 different songs and the day you pick your crush will ask you out
Listened to this song a million times it is just a ROCK-CLASSIC ! ! ! ! ! ! !
biggskymt7
All the way
Jen is my friend at meat heads
donnam541
Remember hearing this song alot when I was a little girl, good song
Such a good song!!
...glad I got good ears to listen it :)
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days now you've started reading so don't it's so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters.
carouselbout i q u e 2 1
It's 'I bless the rains', not rape. Seriously, you moron. Its stupid kids like you who make retarded comments like this. Stay in school and god forbid you drop out halfway to 'become a rapper'.
"I Won't Hold You Back" is my favorite song
dodea48
if you want the lyrics there is a mystery site called Google
dodea48
Why would you sing I miss the rape down in Africa if you are African-Amer i c a n you have thank God Slavery got your ancestors out of there
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