A group of highly regarded session musicians formed Toto in Los Angeles in 1977. They built their reputations playing on studio recordings for Steely Dan, Seals and Crofts, Boz Scaggs, and other bands. In 1982, with the release of their album Toto IV (the one with "Africa"), they saturated the airwaves. Later that year, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Jeff Porcaro and Steve Porcaro all played on Michael Jackson's Thriller. Toto IV won the Grammy for Album Of The Year in 1983; Thriller won the following year.
Jeff Porcaro (Steve's brother) passed away from a heart attack on August 5, 1992. Their other brother, Mike, later replaced Hungate on bass.
Elton John was one of the first big-time musicians to talk up Toto to the press. John Mellencamp was one of the first to talk them down.
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