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Jeff Porcaro

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Jeff Porcaro was born on April 1, 1954, in Hartford, Connecticut and first got interested in drumming due to the influence of his father. He began playing seriously at age seven though he is sure “I was playing even earlier than that. Only my father would actually know when I got started.” Formal lessons initially came from papa Joe, followed by further studies with Bob Zimmitti and Rich Lapore.

If drummer Jeff Porcaro had never co-founded the immensely popular group TOTO his stature as an artist would nevertheless be assured. At age 28 Jeff has achieved a pinnacle of expertise and recognition accorded few players in a lifetime. Since leaving high school during his senior year to accompany Sonny and Cher in Las Vegas Jeff has toured and recorded with Seals and Crofts, Boz Scaggs, and Steely Dan.

Jeff Porcaro never had visions of being the world’s greatest drummer. He didn’t believe in putting that kind of pressure on himself. And even though drums have shaped and molded virtually every facet of his present life, he’s never once been controlled by them.

From the start of his career, Jeff Porcaro was viewed as one of the music industry’s top drummers. Porcaro possessed an impeccable sense of rhythm as well as a versatility that bridged virtually every style.

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  • SammyGuitarist

    one of the best drummers ever, R.I.P. :(

    25 Sep 2013 Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    R.I.P. Jeff <3 20 years ago the best drummer in the world was dying.. :'( [2] :(((((((((

    14 Oct 2012 Reply
  • DavidVSoho

    R.I.P. Jeff <3 20 years ago the best drummer in the world was dying.. :'(

    5 Aug 2012 Reply
  • DavidVSoho

    Jeff I miss you! Only the good die young! R.I.P.

    5 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Izzystone

    RIP! Jeff Porcaro <3

    16 May 2010 Reply
  • Skixx

    Miss him <3

    10 Dec 2009 Reply
  • SkyHits

    I'll never forget when I told Jeff that one of my toughest song to play was Hold the Line. Jeff looked at me and said Hey man that ain't so tough to play ... just listen to your HEARTBEAT And I did as my mentor had told me and the day after 2 days I played that tune almost with one hand (stick+kick)

    23 Jan 2007 Reply
  • Dofty

    R.I.P!

    13 Nov 2006 Reply