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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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  • 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
  • secretsociety92

    RIP Mike

    16 Mar 4:22pm Reply
  • Neue_regel_

    Was accidentally listening today to Toto's 'Hold the Line' for the n-th time, and now I suddenly read that Mike, their bassist is dead. ALS? Hard to beat. Stephen Hawking, the most famous physicist, has the same ALS nerve disease, hopefully he will last a few years more. RIP Mike and thx for the amazing basslines.

    16 Mar 4:11pm Reply
  • StratkatBlue

    Thanks for all the great music! Rest in peace Mike.

    16 Mar 2:06pm Reply
  • sonnycrockett_

    now, in heaven they have awsome jammin' crew. rest in peace Mike

    16 Mar 10:40am Reply
  • JelmerHolwerda

    Rest In Peace Michael, you beast.

    16 Mar 9:24am Reply
  • kjelt1963

    Hopefuly they find a cure against ALS soon. Rest in Peace Mike and thanks for the wonderful music

    16 Mar 7:07am Reply
  • evanisreallyok

    So long, Mike.

    16 Mar 1:17am Reply
  • jrs1991

    Wow R.i.p. great bass player

    16 Mar 1:14am Reply
  • Sal-ival

    May you rest in peace, Mike. God bless you.

    15 Mar 10:07pm Reply
  • KeithJones

    RIP, bass guitarist Mike Porcaro

    15 Mar 9:45pm Reply
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