Toto is a rock band from the United States. Formed in 1977, the group is comprised of musicians Steve Lukather, David Paich, Joseph Williams, John Pierce, Robert “Sput” Searight, Dominique “Xavier” Taplin, Warren Ham, and Tony Maneri. Toto is well-known for their instrumental music and powerful anthems. They have been hailed as one of the greatest rock bands of all time.
The band’s members have collaborated with a wide range of musical styles. Toto’s debut album, Fahrenheit, received a triple platinum certification. The group’s songs have been featured on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as other charts. Some Toto members have also collaborated with Pink Floyd, Quincy Jones, Eddie Van Halen, and Los Lobotomys. Some of the Toto members have appeared on other artists’ records.
In addition to their own recordings, Toto members have also performed session work for other notable artists. The band performed on an album by Boz Scaggs called Silk Degrees. The band has also worked with Steel Dan, Quincy Jones, and Sonny & Cher. The group’s guitarist, Steve Lukather, provided the main guitar work on Michael Jackson’s hit “Beat It,” and Eddie Van Halen performed a guitar solo on the track.
While touring, Toto members performed session work for notable artists. The band performed on the albums of Boz Scaggs, Steel Dan, Seals and Crofts, Sonny & Cher, and Sonny and Cher. In addition, the group played on a few occasions in 2001. Toto drummer and bassist David Paich briefly took a hiatus during the 1992 tour. Jeff Babko replaced him in the bridge of the song.
The name “Toto” comes from the Ga language word “TRO”. The band’s vehicles used to charge three pennies per trip. In those days, a penny was worth three cents. Nowadays, a quarter costs a penny in Ghana, so the name is a reminder of the good old days. The song title “Ferry” is a classic, and the song’s lyrics are also memorable. It is also a tribute to the band’s founder, Joey.
After the first album, the band toured the world and performed concerts worldwide. Throughout their career, Toto has recorded more than 60 albums and has influenced many other popular rock bands. For instance, the band has performed on more than fifty countries. The band has been active since its inception in 1984 and has toured the world several times. Toto’s concerts have garnered international attention. The band’s members have performed on numerous stages around the globe.
In addition to their live shows, Toto has released two albums. Their debut album, “Africa”, had a Top 5 hit single, “Hold the Line.” Their second album, “Toto IV” featured the songs “Rosanna” and ‘Rosanna’, which helped the band become one of the biggest selling rock bands of the era. These albums have sold millions of copies worldwide and remain among Toto’s best-selling albums in history.