Toto (pronounced toe-toe) is an American rock/prog band which had their greatest commercial success in the 1980s.
Toto was formed in Los Angeles in 1977 (see 1977 in music) by David Paich, Steve Lukather, Bobby Kimball, brothers Steve and Jeff Porcaro, and David Hungate, the son of former United States Congressman and United States District Court Judge William L. Hungate. The bandmembers had met in high school and at studio sessions in the 1970s, 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 most 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' critically-acclaimed hit album Silk Degrees. David Paich wrote "Lady Love Me (One More Time)" with James Newton Howard, Steve Porcaro co-wrote "Human Nature" for Michael Jackson, and Steve Lukather co-wrote "Turn Your Love Around" for George Benson. Lukather was awarded a Grammy in 1983...
|years active||1976 – present|
|country||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|music genre||Rock music|
|current members|| Steve Lukather|