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Los Angeles, United States (1977 – 2008, 2010 – present)

Toto is a Grammy Award winning band that was formed in Los Angeles, California in 1977 by David Paich, Steve Lukather, Bobby Kimball, brothers Jeff Porcaro and Steve Porcaro, and David Hungate. The band members had met in high school and at studio sessions in the 19, when they became some of the busiest session musicians in the music business.

Composed entirely of seasoned studio musicians, Toto seemed to come out of nowhere. They did not get known first on the club circuit as nearly all bands do prior to being signed by a label. Their reputations in the studio were enough. For example, Paich, Hungate and Jeff Porcaro wrote songs for and performed on Boz Scaggs’ album Silk Degrees.

Toto released their debut album Toto in October 1978, selling two million copies based on their top ten hit Hold the Line. The next two albums Hydra and Turn Back had little success, but Toto IV (released in 1982) featured the number one hit Africa as well as the top ten single Rosanna. Toto IV went multi-platinum and earned several Grammy Awards including 1983 Album of the Year and Record of the Year (for “Rosanna”).

Their only film work to date was for the 1984 David Lynch science fiction film Dune. In addition to their own score, they also recorded the Prophecy Theme, composed by Brian Eno.

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  • Samson-91

    The Legend of a band.

    20 Jun 7:37am Reply
  • MegaDave89

    Just Africa

    17 Jun 3:19pm Reply
  • TerraeFilius

    Damn... I'm really love this band!

    12 Jun 4:54am Reply
  • mirrorball95

    I'm really not a fan of Toto's early material at all but (after a bit of digging) I have to say the 'Kingdom Of Desire' album with Steve Lukather on vocals is absolutely fucking brilliant!

    17 May 6:08pm Reply
  • infectedmodes

    It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from, there's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do. I bless the rain's down in Africa...

    14 May 4:09pm Reply
  • Sal-ival

    Is anyone here fond of 'Dave's Gone Skiing'?

    21 Apr 10:05pm Reply
  • jessyrocker

    Love this Music

    15 Apr 1:44pm Reply
  • thebroadcast

    I am saddened by the loss of Mike. I hope for healing for the Porcaro family, all those close to Mike and that you may have peace. Long live the memory of brother +Mike+. Remember, Mike's memory lives on in the music. God bless.

    13 Apr 4:41am Reply
  • jrs1991

    Great new album

    12 Apr 9:59pm Reply
  • Sqvoll91

    Toto iv шедевральный альбом, там не только Aftrica, а еще 9 треков не менее хитовых.

    6 Apr 8:50am Reply
  • Sal-ival

    I am truly enjoying Toto's latest input, and i can't help to think that this new record has a nostalgic feel, as a great deal of their songs pay homage to the band's diverse palette of sounds. Unknown Soldier is a pleasant surprise.

    24 Mar 4:18pm Reply
  • Shadowlord39

    RIP Mike [7]. The new album will cheer me up.

    23 Mar 8:23am Reply
  • Damianek666XD

    rest in potatoes

    23 Mar 12:45am Reply
  • Ughel1

    RIP Mike [5]

    19 Mar 3:51pm Reply
  • Suhl

    RIP Mike....!

    18 Mar 9:05pm Reply
  • EVENo94

    I came here to listen to new single and I read that sad news from you. RIP Mike [5]

    18 Mar 3:10pm Reply
  • Sound-Of-Nature

    RIP Mike [4]

    17 Mar 12:56pm Reply
  • ShockWave3124

    Was leaving for work today when they were playing Hold the Line on the classic rock radio in my area and afterwards the host said that Mike died from ALS. Sad to hear that, RIP Mike.

    17 Mar 5:24am Reply
  • deepyyy

    RIP Mike [3]

    16 Mar 10:09pm Reply
  • LA_Denmark

    RIP Mike [2]

    16 Mar 4:47pm Reply
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