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Toto

The original members of Toto were L.A.-based session men who had played with everyone from George Benson to Boz Scaggs and wanted to create something they could call their own. They scored a hit straight out of the gate with the album rock hit "Hold the Line" from their 1978 debut. Their biggest success, however, came in the early '80s with a pair of smash hits, "Rosanna" and "Africa," plus the breakout, six-Grammy success of the Toto IV album. The band endured some major personnel shake-ups over the years, and in 1992, founding drummer Jeff Porcaro died unexpectedly, but Toto continued working, even as the individual members kept their lucrative session careers going.

Toto was formed in Los Angeles in 1978 by David Paich (keyboards, vocals), Steve Lukather (guitar, vocals), Bobby Kimball (vocals), Steve Porcaro (keyboards), David Hungate (bass), and Jeff Porcaro (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 Boz Scaggs' 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 from 1979 and Turn Back from 1981 were less successful, but 1982's Toto IV 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 joined the group on bass, replacing Hungate. Lead singer Kimball quit and was replaced by Dennis "Fergie" Frederiksen.

Toto's fifth album, 1984's Isolation, went gold, but was a commercial disappointment. Frederiksen was replaced by Joseph Williams, the son of the conductor/composer John Williams, for 1986's Fahrenheit. 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; 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 2000s, 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 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 re-formed to play a short European tour benefiting bassist Mike Porcaro, who suffered 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. Harking back to their early years both in title and sound, Toto XIV arrived in March 2015, just days after the death of Mike Porcaro. ~ William Ruhlmann & Timothy Monger
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Live At Montreux 1991

1. On The Run (Live At Montreux, 1991)

2. Kingdom Of Desire (Live At Montreux, 1991)

3. I'll Be Over You (Live At Montreux, 1991)

4. Africa (Live At Montreux, 1991)

5. Jake To The Bone (Live At Montreux, 1991)

6. Red House (Live At Montreux, 1991)

7. Rosanna (Live At Montreux, 1991)

8. I Want To Take You Higher (Live At Montreux, 1991)

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Track List: Toto (Bonus Track Version)

1. Child's Anthem

2. I'll Supply The Love

3. Georgy Porgy

4. Manuela Run

5. You Are The Flower

6. Girl Goodbye

7. Takin' It Back

8. Rockmaker

9. Hold The Line

10. Angela

11. Georgy Porgy (Disco Version)

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Track List: Toto XIV

1. Running out of Time

2. Burn

3. Holy War

4. 21st Century Blues

5. Orphan

6. Unknown Soldier (For Jeffrey)

7. The Little Things

8. Chinatown

9. All the Tears That Shine

10. Fortune

11. Great Expectations

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Track List: Falling In Between: Live At Le Zénith (2007)

Disc 1

1. Falling In Between (Live)

2. King Of The World (Live)

3. Pamela (Live)

4. Botom Of Your Soul (Live)

5. Caught In The Balance (Live)

6. Don't Chain My Heart (Live)

7. Hold The Line (Live)

8. Stop Loving You (Live)

9. Ill Be Over You (Live)

10. Cruel (Live)

11. Greg's Solo (Live)

Disc 2

1. Rosanna (Live)

2. I'll Supply The Love (Live)

3. Isolation (Live)

4. Gift Of Faith (Live)

5. Kingdom Of Desire (Live)

6. Luke Solo (Live)

7. Hydra (Live)

8. Simon Solo (Live)

9. Taint Your World (Live)

10. Gypsy Train (Live)

11. Africa (Live)

12. Drag Him To The Roof (Live)

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Track List: Falling In Between

1. Falling In Between

2. Dying On My Feet

3. Bottom Of Your Soul

4. King Of The World

5. Hooked

6. Simple Life

7. Taint Your World

8. Let It Go

9. Spiritual Man

10. No End In Sight

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Track List: Hold The Line

1. Africa

2. Hold The Line

3. I'll Supply The Love

4. 99

5. Goodbye Elenore

6. Live For Today

7. Angel Don't Cry

8. Could This Be Love

9. Straight For The Heart

10. Can You Hear What I'm Saying

11. Till The End

12. Make Believe

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Track List: 25th Anniversary: Live In Amsterdam

1. Girl Goodbye (Live)

2. Goodbye Elenore (Live)

3. Child's Anthem (Live)

4. I'll Supply The Love (Live)

5. Gift With A Golden Gun (Live)

6. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Live)

7. Bodhisattva (Live)

8. Africa (Live)

9. Waiting For Your Love (Live)

10. Georgy Porgy (Live)

11. Lion (Live)

12. Hydra (Live)

13. English Eyes (Live)

14. Till The End (Live)

15. I Won't Hold You Back (Live)

16. Rosanna (Live)

17. Afraid Of Love (Live)

18. Hold The Line (Live)

19. Home Of The Brave (Live)

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Track List: The Essential Toto

Disc 1

1. Child's Anthem

2. I'll Supply The Love

3. Georgy Porgy

4. Hold The Line

5. 99

6. Mama

7. Gift With A Golden Gun

8. English Eyes

9. Goodbye Elenore

10. Rosanna

11. Make Believe

12. I Won't Hold You Back

13. Afraid Of Love

14. Africa

15. Carmen

16. Angel Don't Cry

17. Stranger In Town

18. Isolation

Disc 2

1. Till The End

2. Without Your Love

3. I'll Be Over You

4. Pamela (Single Version)

5. Mushanga (Single Version)

6. Stop Loving You

7. Home Of The Brave

8. Goin' Home (Single Version)

9. Don't Chain My Heart

10. Jake To The Bone

11. Hydra (Live)

12. I Will Remember (Single Version)

13. The Turning Point (Single Version)

14. Caught In The Balance

15. White Sister (Live)

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Track List: Mindfields

1. Cruel

2. Caught In The Balance

3. After You've Gone

4. Mysterious Ways

5. Last Love

6. Mindfields

7. Selfish

8. No Love

9. High Price of Hate

10. Mad About You

11. Melanie

12. One Road

14. Spanish Steps

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Track List: Livefields

Disc 1

1. Caught In The Balance (Live Version)

2. Tale Of A Man (Live Version)

3. Rosanna (Live Version)

4. Luke Solo (Live Version)

5. Million Miles Away (Live Version)

6. Jake To The Bone (Live Version)

7. Simon Solo (Live Verson)

8. Dave's Gone Skiing (Live Version)

9. Out Of Love (Live Acoustic Version)

10. Mama (Live Acoustic Version)

11. You Are The Flower (Live Acoustic Version)

12. The Road Goes On (Live Acoustic Version)

13. Better World (Live Version)

14. Girl Goodbye (Live Version)

15. Dave Solo (Live Version)

16. White Sister (Live)

Disc 2
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Track List: Tambu

1. Gift Of Faith

2. I Will Remember

3. Slipped Away

4. If You Belong To Me

5. Baby He's Your Man

6. The Other End Of Time

7. The Turning Point

8. Time Is The Enemy

9. Drag Him To The Roof

10. Just Can't Get To You

11. Dave's Gone Skiing

12. The Road Goes On

13. Blackeye

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Track List: Absolutely Live

Disc 1

1. Hydra (Live)

2. Rosanna (Live)

3. Kingdom Of Desire (Live)

4. Georgy Porgy (Live)

5. 99 (Live)

6. I Won't Hold You Back (Live)

7. Don't Stop Me Now (Live)

8. Africa (Live)

Disc 2

1. Don't Chain My Heart (Live)

2. I'll Be Over You (Live)

3. Home Of The Brave (Live)

4. Hold The Line (Live)

5. With A Little Help From My Friends (Live)

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Track List: Kingdom Of Desire

1. Gypsy Train

2. Don't Chain My Heart

3. Never Enough

4. How Many Times

5. 2 Hearts

6. Wings Of Time

7. She Knows The Devil

8. The Other Side

9. Only You

10. Kingdom Of Desire

11. Jake To The Bone

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Track List: Past To Present 1977-1990

1. Love Has The Power

2. Africa

3. Hold The Line

4. Out Of Love

5. Georgy Porgy

6. I'll Be Over You

7. Can You Hear What I'm Saying

8. Rosanna

9. I Won't Hold You Back

10. Stop Loving You

11. 99

12. Pamela

13. Animal

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Track List: The Seventh One

1. Pamela

2. You Got Me

3. Anna

4. Stop Loving You

5. Mushanga

6. Stay Away

7. Straight For The Heart

8. Only The Children

9. A Thousand Years

10. These Chains

11. Home Of The Brave

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Track List: Fahrenheit

1. Till the End

2. We Can Make It Tonight

3. Without Your Love

4. Can't Stand It Any Longer

5. I'll Be over You

6. Fahrenheit

7. Somewhere Tonight

8. Could This Be Love

9. Lea

10. Don't Stop Me Now

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Track List: Isolation

1. Carmen

2. Lion

3. Stranger In Town

4. Angel Don't Cry

5. How Does It Feel

6. Endless

7. Isolation

8. Mr. Friendly

9. Change of Heart

10. Holyanna

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Track List: Toto IV

1. Rosanna

2. Make Believe

3. I Won't Hold You Back

4. Good For You

5. It's A Feeling

6. Afraid Of Love

7. Lovers In The Night

8. We Made It

9. Waiting For Your Love

10. Africa

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Track List: Turn Back

1. Gift with a Golden Gun

2. English Eyes

3. Live for Today

4. A Million Miles Away

5. Goodbye Elenore

6. I Think I Could Stand You Forever

7. Turn Back

8. If it's the Last Night

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Track List: Hydra

1. Hydra

2. St. George And The Dragon

3. 99

4. Lorraine

5. All Us Boys

6. Mama

7. White Sister

8. A Secret Love

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Track List: Toto

1. Child's Anthem

2. I'll Supply The Love

3. Georgy Porgy

4. Manuela Run

5. You Are the Flower

6. Girl Goodbye

7. Takin' It Back

8. Rockmaker

9. Hold The Line

10. Angela

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Take notice at the end of original video, the Rumble u will c Patrick Swazye, that's were he got his start.. He is deadly missed, great Actor... ❤️❤️
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Beautiful song
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Loved this.group Toto mine favor song Africa hold you back now
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Great song, after song ... how I miss those days!
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I love this band, and Africa is nothing short of awesome.
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Great band to see live! Even with Bobby Kimball sitting down mostly. Had big cast on one leg. (Fell off stage few weeks earlier) but given the whiskey and cocaine he was slamming and snorting in between tunes I think he was feelin alright. High Bobby! lmao
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Good memories as a kid!
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Ahh fantabulish
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Best song ever
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Africa the largest continent of Earth. The place that give the world the first two HUMAN BEINGS . Everyone left Africa and set up shop in other parts of the world. Also, all the prophets came out of Africa - Original Man, Abraham, Moses,Christ , Muhammad just to name a few. Africa a great place still. Thanks...... . . " . . . . . . " . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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TOTO--Great band and several fave hits of mine. The Vienna bar story here in previous comment was great. Always fun to hear personal stories of people who meet up fortuitously with fame! :)
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The history of Rock necessarily has to include Toto as one of the Best!!!
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1986 Johannesburg this was on all the time and the plus side the South African women 10's
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Outstanding
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I hate gays bruh
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Great songs from a great group
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Hold The Line by Toto
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I BLESS THE RAINS DOWN IN AFRICA ;)
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yeet I love their song, called Africa on The Essetial Toto
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i bless the rains down in Africa :) :):):):):):) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : )
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Toto was nice.
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Toto !!!! Wow
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Thank you tonedef.
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Africa is an unforgettabl e melody! I constantly listen to it and never ever gets old.
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To the people of the future who comment here and happen to read this: You are commenting on the Artist page for Toto, NOT on the actual song you're listening to. So if you comment 'Love this song' and don't mention the song name, no one will ever have any idea what song you're talking about.
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Toto 1978
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family guy anyone? ;)
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I grew up listening to this group Toto enjoy this song Rosanna and Africa. It is too bad two brothers from this group have passed on, they had great songs
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In 1984, In my early 20's, A couple of my buddies and I were partying in a little, non-descript bar in Vienna, Austria when 4 guys walked in in wild Hawaiian shirts and sat next to us. I said you guys must be Americans and one replied No Dude, we're Californians . We had a blast partying with them, totally unaware they were the band Toto until I asked Dave,the guy next to me why they were in Austria...he said they were asked by a friend to write music for a movie. I was thinking WTF !!
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I'll get you my pretty, and your little band too.
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Love this tune!!! Brings me back to my teenaged years!!!
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I'm still waiting for you will wait no after how long it takes us to be together my Mike your mimi
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Hold the Line.....LOV E isn't always on....time.. . . . . . X X X X X X O O O O O O O
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