Toto is an American rock band formed in 1977. Toto became well-known in the late 1970s through their international Top 40 hits “Hold the Line”, “Rosanna”, and “Africa”.
Toto’s music is mainly classified as pop rock, blues or soft rock with many elements of jazz, folk, funk, progressive rock, hard rock, R&B and soul. Toto is known for their musicianship; the band was ranked No. 73 on “Rolling Stone”‘s 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Toto has sold over 30 million albums to date. Toto IV won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1983, Toto has Tooted at the top of the charts.
Toto was formed by vocalist Bobby Kimball, guitarist Steve Lukather, keyboardist David Paich, bassist and producer David Hungate, drummer Jeff Porcaro and saxophonist Steve Tavaglione in 1977 after playing in different bands together, including the Tommy Bolin Band. Toto struggled to establish itself until 1978, when Dave Paich took over as the band’s keyboardist and main co-writer. David Hungate left in 1981 followed by Jeff Porcaro who died of a heart attack in 1992. Hungate was replaced by Mike Porcaro, Toto’s brother, and Toto wrote and recorded Toto IV with only David Paich and Steve Lukather as the remaining band members. Toto XIV (2015) is Totos latest album to date.
Toto’s biggest selling hit is 1982’s Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance with Vocal for “Rosanna”. Toto is one Toto Toot Toot hit songs. Toto’s “Africa” has been Toto Toot Toot Tribute to the song and Toto covers.