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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: 35th Anniversary: Live In Poland Disc 2

Disc 1

1. Intro 13 (Live)

3. Goin' Home (Live)

4. Hydra (Live)

5. St. George And The Dragon (Live)

6. I'll Be Over You (Live)

7. It's A Feelin' (Live)

8. Rosanna (Live)

9. Wings Of Time (Live)

10. Falling In Between (Live)

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

12. Pamela (Live)

Disc 2

1. 99 (Live)

2. The Muse (Live)

3. White Sister (Live)

4. Better World (Live)

5. Africa (Live)

6. How Many Times (Live)

7. Stop Loving You (Live)

8. Hold The Line (Live)

9. Home Of The Brave (Live)

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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: 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: 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

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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: 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: 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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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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girls just want to have fun with special guy like you just you and some of my girlfriend's mimi
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Toto,where are they now?.the best song is Georgie Porgie and 99...
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Cool song
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they sound good seperate, but they make music when they are together. love africa. did it for my chorus concert one year and it was great❤️
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I won't hold U....Back... . N O W . . . . I can....be free of your....self i s h . . c o n t r o l l i n g . r a g a h o l i c . . . . . . . . . t e m p e r . . . . g o on get on with your own...life.. . . L E A V E . . . . M E . . . . B E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H A P P Y . . N O W ! ! ! ! ! G O FIGURE?????? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? X X X X O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O
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Esta es mi estacion
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they are the Harlem globe trotters of rock. there just is no fair comparison.
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johnmargie6
HOLD THE LINE.....
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fidelperezda r i a s
One of their best ever!!!
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No
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Love ToTo
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Does this song remind anyone else of the Pokemon theme song?
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Great song he tells the true love is not on time
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Porcaro. Dumb auto correct.
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RIP Mike Pocaro.
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Of ALL TIME!
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One of my faves of ALL TIME !!!!
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we have to explore America and alot of places and make up for the things we dint get to see
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They have any bad songs
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AWESOME BAND
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Roseanna why did you leave this guy?
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Africa is one of those songs that almost anyone can like, I know so many Death Metal fans that love this song
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love them
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I'm finally beginning to understand this song. Love and waiting, love is what it is
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My favorite 80's song of all time!
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I loved. Toto ambrosia. I KNOW ALL THESE ROCK FROM THE 70 THESE MUSIC NEVER DIE GUYS IS SO MUCH REMEMBER TO ME WHEN I GROP UP IM HISPANISH SORRY IFI MISSING SOME SPELL OK IM NO PERFECT KISS FOR ALL MY SMOTHY ROCK
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This song has so many great memories from me. In 2000 I was on an overseas I program that went to Kenya. Heard this song so much and it brings me back to that amazing trip on a safari to the Maasai preserve. Great song!
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Dam love this song
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So many fond memories of the eighties from first love , two best friends made and lost
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Love 80s misic
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The 80's Real music. Period
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I really enjoy this era of music. The 80's was a really awesome time.
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:-)
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Great song
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Good music
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Really like this...
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Great song.
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Toto all the way!!!
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This one never gets old!!
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Toto is a great band!
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