Toto is an American rock band that formed in 1977 in Los Angeles, California. The band is known for their hit songs “Africa” and “Hold the Line” from the late 1970s and early 1980s.
The band’s original lineup consisted of David Paich (keyboards, vocals), Steve Lukather (guitar, vocals), Jeff Porcaro (drums), David Hungate (bass), and Bobby Kimball (vocals). They released their debut album, “Toto”, in 1978, which featured the hit single “Hold the Line”. This album established the band as a major player in the rock music scene and brought them mainstream success.
In 1980, the band released their breakthrough album “IV”, which featured the hit single “Africa”. The album was a huge success and cemented the band’s place in rock music history. The band continued to release successful albums throughout the 1980s, including “Isolation” (1984) and “Fahrenheit” (1986).
Toto’s music is often described as a blend of rock, pop, and R&B. They were known for their tight musicianship and high-energy live performances. The band’s members were all accomplished musicians in their own right, and they often collaborated with other artists and bands throughout their career.
In the 1990s, the band went through several lineup changes and internal conflicts, but they continued to tour and release new music. In 1992, the band released “Kingdom of Desire”, which featured the hit single “Pamela”.
Today, Toto is still active and continues to tour and release new music, with the current lineup consisting of Steve Lukather (guitar, vocals), Joseph Williams (vocals), David Paich (keyboards, vocals), Steve Porcaro (keyboards), and Shannon Forrest (drums). They have released several albums in the 21st century, including “Falling in Between” (2006) and “40 Trips Around the Sun” (2018).
Toto is one of the most popular and influential bands in the history of rock music. Their hit songs and albums have stood the test of time and continue to be beloved by fans all over the world. They have sold over 40 million records worldwide, won several Grammy awards and have been inducted into Hollywood’s Rockwalk. Toto’s music still continues to be a major influence for many up and coming artists, and their legacy lives on to this day.