From the top:
Jeff Porcaro (drums)
Steve Porcaro (keyboards)
Steve Lukather (guitar)
David Hungate (bass)
Bobby Kimball (lead vocals)
Paich and Jeff Porcaro (son of well known jazz drummer, Joe Porcaro) got the idea to form a band, and began seeking out fellow session musicians to join. They scored a record deal and began recording their first album in 1977.
The name game:
Few rock bands have been so strongly influenced for so long a time by members of the same family as Toto, which is inexorably linked with the Porcaro family. When band co-founders David Paich (keyboardist) and Jeff Porcaro (drums) began putting Toto together in 1976, one of their first recruits was Porcaro's brother, Steve, who, like Paich, was a keyboardist and a songwriter. In 1982, when the band's original bassist, David Hungate left to resume his career as a session player, the third Porcaro brother, Mike was named to replace him. For the next four years, all three Porcaros were in the Toto lineup at the same time. Steve Porcaro left the band in 1986 to concentrating on writing songs and scoring movies and TV shows. He continued working with Toto off and on, usually behind the scenes, and returned to the lineup in 2010. Jeff Porcaro had a fatal heart attack in 1992, at age 38. Mike Porcaro left in 2007 when he became unable to perform due to the affects of ALS (aka Lou Gehrig's disease.) Toto voices
Five people have served time as Toto lead vocalist, including two who have left and returned. • Bobby Kimball - 1977-84, 1998-2008
• Fergie Frederikson - 1984-85
• Joseph Williams - 1986-88, 2010-present
• Jean-Michel Byron - 1988-90
• Steve Lukather - 1991-1998 Toto today
In 2008, Lukather declared that Toto's long run was over, and that he would be concentrating on a solo career. In an About.com Classic Rock interview, Lukather said, "The old band was good to me, and we had a good run at it, you know what I mean? But when it ceases to be the people who actually started the band – I'm the only one left – it's lost its little magical thing that it used to have when we were in high school. It's like when you stay too long at the party. I didn't want to go down in flames, I'd rather go out on a real high. Our bond is stronger than just being a corporation that makes money. I think everybody felt like it was time." By 2010, Lukather was still doing solo work, but he had changed his mind about Toto's future, and that band reunited, initially for a short benefit tour for their ailing ex-bandmate Mike Porcaro, then for full tours in 2011 and 2012. The current lineup includes original members Paitch, Lukather and Steve Porcaro, veteran members Joe Williams and Simon Phillips, and Nathan East subbing for original bassist Mike Porcaro. Recent tours have also featured backup vocals by Jenny Douglas-McRae (who has worked with the band off and on since 1990) and Mabvuto Carpenter.