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Few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively had a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of TOTO. As individuals, the band members’ imprint can be heard on an astonishing 5000 albums that together amass a sales history of a HALF A BILLION albums. Amongst these recordings, NARAS applauded the performances with 225 Grammy nominations. Band members were South Park characters, while Family Guy did an entire episode on the band's hit "Africa." As a band, TOTO sold 35 million albums, and today continue to be a worldwide arena draw staging stand ...read more

Few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively had a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of TOTO. As individuals, the band members’ imprint can be heard on an astonishing 5000 albums that together amass a sales history of a HALF A BILLION albums. Amongst these recordings, NARAS applauded the performances with 225 Grammy nominations. Band members were South Park characters, while Family Guy did an entire episode on the band's hit "Africa." As a band, TOTO sold 35 million albums, and today continue to be a worldwide arena draw staging standing room only events across the globe. They are pop culture, and are one of the few 70s bands that have endured the changing trends and styles, and 35 years in to a career enjoy a multi-generational fan base.

Guitarist Steve Lukather aka Luke has performed on 2000 albums, with artists across the musical spectrum that include Michael Jackson, Roger Waters, Miles Davis, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck, Don Henley, Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick and many more. His solo career encompasses a catalog of ten albums and multiple DVDs that collectively encompass sales exceeding 500,000 copies. His touring schedule annually reached points across the globe via his solo ensemble, and multiple side projects. In 2013 alone, his plans bring him to Australia and New Zealand with Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band, through Europe staging a long run in support of his solo career, and multiple continents with TOTO. Over the past quarter century he has collaborated live with artists as diverse as Larry Carlton, G3 with Satriani / Vai, and John Petrucci. He is also featured on a live DVD with Edgar Winter, is a key member of Los Lobototmy's, a cult fusion band with two albums and a DVD release, and in Soul Bop with Bill Evans, Randy Brecker, Robben Ford, Darryl Jones and others when not focused on TOTO and solo activities. In 2001, he won a Grammy Award with Larry Carlton for the live album No Substitutions, and again in 1982 for George Benson's "Turn Your Love Around" which he co-wrote.

Keyboardist David Paich has co-writing credits on the Boz Scaggs songs "What Can I Say," "Lowdown," and "Lido Shuffle" from the multi-platinum album Silk Degrees. In 1978, he penned (alongside David Foster and artist Cheryl Lynn), and produced the hit single "Got To Be Real" which catapulted her to stardom, and is remembered as one of the defining moments in disco. He has also written songs recorded by Cher, Glen Campbell, Chicago, Billy Preston, and George Benson. He has been arranger and / or keyboardist for Michael Jackson, Neil Diamond, Jackson Browne, Don Henley, Stevie Nicks, The Doobie Brothers, Heart, Foreigner, Steely Dan, Seals and Crofts, P!nk, Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, Paul McCartney, and Sir Elton John. He produced such notables as Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Tremaine Hawkins and the great Sarah Vaughn.

Drummer Jeff Porcaro worked on hundreds of albums and was a participant in thousands of sessions. He performed behind the kit for Steely Dan's Katy Lied and others, and performed on albums as diverse as those from Dire Straits, Jackson Browne, Donald Fagen, Rickie Lee Jones, Michael Jackson, Paul Simon, Madonna, Al Jarreau, America, Peter Frampton, the Bee Gees, Stand Getz, Barbara Streisand, Warren Zevon, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen and countless others. His brother Steve Porcaro's session credits include Michael Jackson (composer, "Human Nature"), Jefferson Airplane, Yes, and many others. On the live side, outside of TOTO activities he has toured with Gary Wright (1977) and Yes' Chris Squire (1992). He wrote or co. wrote at least one song on each of TOTO's first six albums. Currently, Porcaro continues to score the hit TV show Justified on FX Network, which he has created for the past three seasons alongside countless other projects for film and television. Middle Brother Mike Porcaro became an official member of TOTO in 1982, with recorded performances prior that include his cello track on "Good For You" (TOTO IV). Lukather shares, "After the departure of Hungate, we were joined by brother Mike Porcaro to make the family of TOTO complete! The grooves became even more intense." In addition to touring with Michael Franks on his very first tour, significant contribution to the albums of Seals & Crofts whom he also toured with, he performed on hundreds of records, including on Santana's smash "Supernatural" and KISS.

Amongst all of these accomplishments on the performance side, few had a deeper impact than Michal Jackson's international hits the Thriller and Bad albums. On "Beat It," Luke played all the guitars (aside from the famous Eddie Van Halen solo) and the bass parts, and Jeff Porcaro played drums making it more TOTO than most people are aware. They also contributed to the Jackson / McCartney duet. Despite their world-wide commercial success as TOTO, the members of the band continued their session work, collaborating with artists such as Don Henley, Van Halen, Steely Dan, Boz Scaggs, Paul McCartney, Chicago, and Eric Clapton. Additionally, David Paich brought in the entire band to work together on a movie score for David Lynch’s Dune, based on the best-selling science fiction novel that has since become a cult phenomenon « hide

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LPs
Falling In Between
2006

3.9
12 Votes
Through the Looking Glass
2002

2
2 Votes
Mindfields
1999

3
3 Votes
Tambu
1995

3.4
4 Votes
Kingdom of Desire
1992

3.6
5 Votes
The Seventh One
1988

4.4
10 Votes
Fahrenheit
1986

3.5
11 Votes
Isolation
1984

4.1
10 Votes
Toto IV
1982

3.5
64 Votes
Turn Back
1981

3.7
9 Votes
Hydra
1979

3.9
23 Votes
Toto
1978

3.9
33 Votes
Live Albums
35th Anniversary Tour - Live In Poland
2014

Falling in Between Live
2007

4.9
4 Votes
25th Anniversary: Live in Amsterdam
2003

Livefields
1999

4.5
3 Votes
Absolutely Live
1993

2.5
1 Votes
Compilations
Africa: The Best of Toto
2009

Toto XX
1998

Past to Present 1977–1990
1990

Dune
1986

3.8
5 Votes

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