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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
Toteaux, 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, All Music Guide
Written by William Ruhlmann