Phil & Mel In The Afternoon

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Toto's Steve Lukather celebrating Yamaha's 125th Anniversary Live Around the World Dealer Concert performs at the Hyperion Theater on January 25, 2013 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Yamaha)

Toto came together in 1977 when two accomplished session players, David Paich and Jeff Porcaro, decided to form their own band. Why only play on other people’s albums? Being in Los Angeles, Paich and Porcaro had access to many other talented musicians and soon recruited David Hungate, Steve Lukather, Steve Porcaro, and Bobby Kimball to join them.

Within a year, Toto had released their self-titled debut album and scored their first hit, “Hold the Line,” which peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1978. Four years later, the band enjoyed even greater success with their album, Toto IV. The first single, Rosanna, reached #2 on the U.S. chart. That was immediately followed by “Africa,” Toto’s first and only #1 hit on the Hot 100.

THROWBACK TRIVIA: The video for “Rosanna” features actress Cynthia Rhodes and a brief appearance by the late Patrick Swayze. They would go on to star together in the 1987 movie Dirty Dancing.

  • Hold The Line (1978)

  • Rosanna (1982)

  • Africa (1982)