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The American prog rock band Toto are best known for their commercially successful music of the 1980s. Their unique sound has been said to blend elements of a variety of different genres, including jazz, progressive rock, pop, funk, rock and roll, and more. To date, Toto has sold about thirty million albums around the world.

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The roots of the band go back to the year 1976. Two Los Angeles based session musicians, David Paich and Jeff Porcaro, both renowned for their work with such artists as Boz Scaggs and Steely Dan, decided to form their own band. They soon added Steve Lukather, Steve Porcaro, David Hungate, and singer Bobby Kimball to the line up.

Paich then started writing what would become the band’s self titled debut record. After the material was written, the band gathered in the studio to begin working on the album. Jeff Porcaro had recently seen the film The Wizard of Oz, and began marking his new band’s demo tapes with the word “Toto” so that he would be able to identify them. When deciding upon a name for their group, the members began studying the roots of the word “Toto.” They found out that it is also a Latin word meaning “all encompassing.” It seemed a perfect fit for the band at the time, and so they took it on as a name.

The albums of Toto include Toto, Hydra, Turn Back, Toto IV, Isolation, Fahrenheit, The Seventh One, Kingdom of Desire, Tambu, Mindfields, Through the Looking Glass, Falling in Between, Dune, Past to Present 1977-1990, Absolutely Live, Toto XX, Livefields, Live in Amsterdam, and The Essential Toto.


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